Staying Up To Date With The ICD-10 Coding For Chiropractic

Within any given profession, it pays to stay up to date on all things relating to standards and compliance. This is especially true when it comes to Chiropractic. With in the coming years there will be a switch from the traditional ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 codes. This change was originally going to occur by October of 2014 however, it is now looking like the earliest this change will take place would be October of 2015. Although the changes have yet not occurred it is important that you begin to familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes so that the transition will be a smooth one for your clinic.

What the ICD-10 Improves Upon

The ICD-10 will help to bring your practice up to date. It does this by targeting and revising the basic tenants of ICD-9, including the standards for compliance, reimbursement, and coding. As a result, it expands upon the 9 books in 1 feature of the ICD-9 Deskbook, targeting specific changes in practice management, insurance and reimbursement, Medicare, documentation, claims and appeals, compliance and audit protection, diagnosis codes, procedure codes, and supply codes. The ICD-10 also provides crucial information on compliance requirements including HIPAA and OIG Audit Program.

How to make the transition?

1. Understanding ICD-10-CM Coding

With the ICD-10-CM Coding comes a better way to understand the new rules governing Chiropractic coding. With the drastic increase in the amount of codes used for specific treatments it is important to have a valid reference to make sure you are using the proper codes.

2. ICD-9 to ICD-10 Code Map

Informative maps that will help you make the transition between ICD-9 and ICD-10 easily. You can check with your local state association as many associations are having seminars dedicated solely to making the transition. Often times they also provide helpful handouts or books that will help you make the switch.

3. Tabular Code List for Chiropractic

An additional tool created to help a Chiropractic Practice transition between the old and new standards. This list will provide you with an expansive list of codes to insure proper billing.

4. ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines

A comprehensive guidebook covering everything you need to know regarding what changed and what remained the same.

5. Quick Reference Index

An index designed for quick reference when working out and remembering the important differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10.

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