Is someone suffering from a sea lion bite? There’s a code for that: W5611XD. Did an individual experience an injury at the opera? Try code Y92253.
You’ll find these and more in ICD-10. However, it’s more than just a catch-all for the bizarre and wacky. ICD-10 contains more descriptive versions of commonly used codes – a significant improvement from
ICD-9’s more outdated and inconsistent counterparts. ICD-10 contains over 69,000 codes, compared to ICD-9’s 14,000.
Although your practice may never need to know how to code a sea lion bite (apparently some medical professionals do), it’s still on the line for implementing ICD-10 by fall 2015. Read our full guide to learn how to successfully implement ICD-10, and most importantly, how it will benefit your practice and eventually make life easier.
a backup plan for submitting claims if your systems aren’t ready.
Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10 (videos, FAQs, training sessions, success stories, and specialty references for family practices, OB-GYNs, and more)
- ICD-10 Factsheet: Basics for Small and Rural Practices
- ICD-10-CM/PCS Myths and Facts
- ICD-10 Changes from ICD-9
- ICD-10 Implementation Guide
- More provider resources (factsheets, videos, Medscape Education Resources, ICD-10 email and social media updates)