ICD-10 coding system coming soon to UMHS

July 13, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

ICD-10 is a new version of codes used to identify diagnoses and procedures. The new version replaces ICD-9, which has been in use for more than 30 years. ICD-10, like ICD-9, will be used to code diagnoses for all types of patient care services.

The new code set allows for the capture of more detail and can easily be expanded as medical understanding and technology changes. ICD-10 will provide public health benefits and can support new healthcare payment mechanisms which are increasingly reliant on diagnosis coding to convey the patient condition.

The use of ICD-10 is a federal mandate under HIPAA.

When is ICD-10 effective?

In general, ICD-10 will be used for claims with dates of service or discharge on or after October 1, 2015.

However, providers using MiChart will be required to select ICD-10 compatible codes when entering diagnoses starting July 29, 2015. Non-providers and pharmacists will be required to do so starting September 2, 2015.  The intervals prior to October 1 will allow affected MiChart users to become more comfortable with the required detail before ICD-10 codes are used in actual claims.

Note that the effective date for ICD-10 has been delayed multiple times but we do not expect any further delays.

Recently, CMS and the AMA announced measures to help physicians cope with potential impacts of the transition to ICD-10. None of these measures change the effective date for ICD-10 or our approach in complying with the ICD-10 mandate.

Is UMHS ready for ICD-10?

Yes. Over, the past few years, we have made the necessary investments in our information technology, our processes, and our people to prepare for ICD-10.  We expect to make the ICD-10 transition with modest and manageable impacts. There is some risk of disruptive impacts to the healthcare industry as a whole, and we will monitor and respond to these impacts as appropriate.

How do I get more information?

Talk with your supervisor.

Review the MiChart tip sheets available in advance of the July 29 changes to diagnosis capture in MiChart. http://www.med.umich.edu/i/icd10/MiChart201507.html

Click on this link to access “Important information on ICD-10 for your department” a June 12 communication regarding MiChart changes and available clinician education from Margie Andreae, M.D. chief medical officer, Revenue Cycle and Billing Compliance: http://www.med.umich.edu/i/icd10/20150612I10ClinicianCommunication.pdf

Visit the UMHS ICD-10 Website: http://www.med.umich.edu/i/icd10/

Send questions to the UMHS ICD-10 mailbox:  UMHS-ICD10-Project-Team@med.umich.edu