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ICD-10 is fast approaching, are you ready? And there is nothing we can do to stop the impact of ICD-10 Physical Therapy.

  • ICD-10 is in full effect

The start date for ICD-10 is set for October 1, 2015 which means from then on, all ICD-9 codes will become obsolete.

  • This change is mandatory

ICD-9 currently has almost13,000 codes, with ICD-10 this database will substantially increase to approximately 68,000 codes! This switch is inevitable so it is recommended that you educate yourself as much as possible and familiarize yourself with reading this new code set. The current ICD-9 is over 30 years old so we should expect that the new classification might also be around for 30 years

  • The difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10 Physical Therapy

ICD-9 consists of three to five characters with a decimal point whereas ICD-10 will consist of three and up to seven characters in an alpha-numeric combination. This allows for a more specific diagnosis and can even include a description of how the injury resulted.

  • ICD-10 CM or ICD10 PCS? Which version are you using?

When you hear talk of ICD-10, most people are referring to ICD-10 CM. This is the code set used to diagnosis coding and is used for all outpatient healthcare settings. ICD-10 PCS or ICD-10 Physical Therapy will be used in hospital inpatient settings for procedural coding.

  • ICD-10¬†Physical Therapy¬†Cross walking

There are many tools to assist you with the transition process from ICD-9 to ICD-10, as we all know. This revision from 9th to 10th can feel frightful, however, there are many websites out there to help you gain knowledge to make you feel more comfortable as we get closer to the October 1st DEADLINE.

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