Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom or complaint.
The greatly anticipated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding was postponed again on Feb. 15 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS said the action was taken in response to concerns from the medical community about administrative burdens associated with implementing the new coding system.
The American Medical Association’s recent pledge to “work vigorously to stop implementation of ICD-10” may be a case of standing in front of a moving freight train in an attempt to stop it. Why, one might ask, are physicians vehemently opposing the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 at his late juncture?