ICD-10 Resources

We Can Help You Make the Transition

5010 ICD-10 Resources

When Congress passed legislation on April 1 delaying implementation of the new ICD-10 coding system until no earlier than October 2015, the action left many who had been scrambling to learn the new system wondering whether to continue at the same pace. The recommendation from the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA), which had been providing ICD-10 training, is to “stay the course” and continue to work toward implementation. The NCMS PractEssentials Program offers several consulting services and educational resources to practices to help them make this transition go smoothly, such as:

  • In-office consulting for medical practices that want assistance with the transition;
  • Hosting webinars and educational resources;
  • Partnering with the NC Medical Group Managers to communicate the latest news to practice managers;
  • Communicating with third party payers and helping them with testing and compliance issues;
  • Participating in the NCHICA ICD-10 Task Force.

For more information on in-office consultations, please contact Franklin Walker or Terri Gonzalez with the NCMS Foundation, (919) 833-3836.

The Latest News

A listing of some ICD-10 training and preparation courses offered on-line and statewide:

  • The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) Strategic Provider Relationships Team to offer and promote informational forums about the coming transition to ICD-10. So far, regional events in Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Greenville have been scheduled in late March and September, so please consider registering and attending the one closest to you.

Lee Ford, a renowned ICD-10 coding expert and the Regulatory Services Manager at Physicians East, will be the featured speaker at each event. Franklin Walker, Director of Programs & Practice Management for the NCMS Foundation, also will discuss practice and trading partner readiness with attendees.

Additional information about the events and the registration form are available on BCBSNC’s News and Information website.

  • The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) throughout the state in conjunction with NCHIMA also will be offering classes leading up to the implementation of ICD-10. The ICD-10-CM training sessions will have a small part on the foundation for understanding the structure of an ICD-10-CM. The rest of the course will focus on how to code using ICD-10-CM, covering the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Emphasis will also be directed to codes that require expanded clinical documentation to code to the highest level of specificity.

Dates for 2014 training are:

    • Area L AHEC (Rocky Mount) – May 9
    • Charlotte AHEC – May 13, June 19 and August 26
    • Eastern AHEC (Greenville) – June 6
    • SEAHEC (Wilmington) – June 24
    • Wake AHEC (Raleigh) – August 12
    • Greensboro & Northwest AHEC (Moses Cone) – August 22

 Mountain AHEC is offering ICD-10 training in March and April 2014.

In this MLN Connects™ video on ICD-10 Coding Basics, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides a basic introduction to ICD-10 coding, including:

• Similarities and differences from ICD-9
• ICD-10 code structure
• Coding process and examples

o 7th Character
o Placeholder “x”
o Excludes notes
o Unspecified codes
o External cause codes

CMS covered ICD-10 as part of the biweekly eHealth Provider Webinar series on November 10. The PowerPoint presentation and webinar recording for the presentation “Less Than One Year Until ICD-10: Steps Your Practice Can Take to Prepare” are now available.

  • New AMA Study: ICD-10 implementation costs “much more disruptive” (Feb. 12, 2014)

    New estimates of costs to implement the federally mandated ICD-10 code set by Oct. 1 are in some cases nearly three times more than previously estimated, according to a new AMA study.Costs associated with ICD-10 implementation include training, vendor and software upgrades, testing and payment disruption. Compared to a similar study completed in 2008, these costs could be as much as $8 million for a typical large physician practice. For a small practice, implementation costs could be more than $225,000. The move is expected to be “much more disruptive for physicians” than previous mandates. View Full Report…

The Basics

Review the AMA’s Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 website

Review the Final Rules

NC Organizations and Resources

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