by Carl Natale
Posted on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 - 10:06 am
One of the big parts of preparing for ICD-10 implementation is reviewing your forms and making the necessary changes to accommodate ICD-10 codes. Probably the most important form is the superbill.
Holly Cassano has a good post that discusses how to simplify converting superbills to ICD-10 codes. She recommends starting with the top 50 diagnoses at your medical practice. To get a sense of how a superbill conversion would work, she links to a sample ICD-10 superbill created by the American Academy of Family Physicians. There also are some instructions for making it work:
- Converting an ICD-9 Superbill to ICD-10 Superbill: Provides information on superbills and the processes that the American Academy of Family Physicians used in this conversion
- Superbill template with ICD-9 Information
- Superbill Template with ICD-10 Information
While you're at it, look at Lisa Eramo's advice on preparing an ICD-10 superbill.
Which is all very good. But does the increase in diagnosis codes mean your superbill won't be viable after ICD-10 implementation? Cassano offers very strong advice for keeping the superbill manageable. "I suggest paring down to what you absolutely need for a primary superbill," she writes. "And then look to creating visit-specific superbills, for chronic conditions, musculoskeletal, and so forth."
So you may need a superbill and several sidekicks.
One last thought. With electronic health records (EHRs) promising to make documentation more efficient, it's worth considering electronic superbills to treat problems with efficiency and code bloat.
Speaking of reviewing forms, you need to review all the places your medical practice uses ICD-9 codes. This post includes the six steps released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week. (ICD-10 Watch)
This outline of steps and tips has been updated with recent content posted in the blog. (ICD-10 Watch)
A quick look at some of the challenges and hurdles that need to be overcome for a successful ICD-10 transition. (ICD-10 Watch)
Why should medical doctors have all the fun?
- Dentists use Current Dental Terminology (CDT) for billing and benefits reporting but are looking for a diagnostic code set.
EZCodes Dental Diagnostic Terminology is very ICD like with 1,358 terms describe diseases.
- But it's not being used.
SNODENT isn't a teeth-whitening gum.
- It's the Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry developed by the American Dental Association.
- It has more than 7,000 codes.
- It isn't being used yet.
- Or maybe dentists will use ICD-9 codes
Quick review of how ICD-10 preparations and delays. (For the Health of IT)