Coding

ICD 10 is upon us. Are you ready? Should you consider outsourcing coding services or engage someone to review your coding? Do you need specific training? Are you doing periodic audits of charts from a compliance standpoint?

The most recent SGR repeal did not contain the extension to delay in the implementation of ICD 10 that many had hoped for. Barring any further political intervention, all HIPAA covered entities must begin to use ICD 10 codes on October 1st, 2015. Are you ready for the change? If not, you run the risk of not being reimbursed for services from this point forward. Payments will not be made on claims where only ICD 9 codes are used. Proper training and readiness will be key factors in order to avoid revenue cycle disruptions. With our certified ICD 10 coders, we can provide you with the resources you need to do this.

We provide the following coding services:

  • Remote off-site support for procedure and diagnosis coding
  • Retrospective Chart Auditing
  • Prospective Chart Auditing
  • Evaluation & Management code review
  • ICD Coding/Training
  • Quality Assurance
  • Short term/Long term assistance

1995 Documentation Guidelines

1997 Documentation Guidelines

Don’t be caught off guard with denials. ICD 9 CM will be replaced by ICD 10 CM October 1, 2015.


A comparison of ICD 9 and ICD 10

ICD 9 ICD 10
3-5 characters 3-7 characters
Approximately 14,000 Codes Approximately 79,000 codes
First digit may be alpha or numeric.  Digits 2-5 are numeric. Digit 1 is alpha.  Digits 2-7 are alpha or numeric. 
Limited space for additional codes Flexibility to add codes
Lacks detail Specific
No laterality Has laterality
Analysis difficult due to unspecified codes Specificity improves accuracy and ability to analyze data
Not interoperable because it is not used in other countries Supports interoperability and exchange of data between other countries