The conversion to ICD-10-CM, which finally happened on October 1, 2015, was sort of like Y2K. While there were a lot of advance reports of providers not being ready, the transition went fairly smoothly. Many hospitals, clinics and insurance companies as a lot of providers had invested in planning, materials and training, which helped them over the hump.
Everyone now has actual ICD-10-CM coding experience and feedback in the form of delayed or denied claims that will ultimately result in better coding over time. Now it’s time to start planning for all the changes in the ICD-10-CM 2017.
Due to the two-year delay in implementation and the three-year freeze on introducing changes to ICD-10 there will be a lot of changes in ICD-10 2017. CMS and NCHS have continued to review and recommend changes to ICD-10 during the past three years…but were not allowed to implement them.
All of those changes, and a lot of new ones, will be in the ICD-10-CM 2017 edition. You could have handled the transition with a 2014, 2015 or 2016 edition of ICD-10-CM, but as of October 1, 2016 all of those will be out of date.
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