SMS Council revealed that outsourcing coding is a viable and cost effective way to eliminate direct expenses for hiring certified ICD-10 coders and to maximize reimbursement from Medicare. Their experts also shared that ICD-10 coding efficiency and Medicare reimbursement testing, in addition to the initiation of agency personnel with ICD-10 fundamentals, coding anatomy and physiology, are all essential steps to the path of ICD-10 success.
Moreover, the council explained that the move to ICD-10 is made necessary by the fact that ICD-9 is already 30 years old, has outdated terms, is inconsistent with current medical practice, and produces limited data about patients’ medical conditions and hospital inpatient procedures. Also, the structure of ICD-9 limits the number of new codes that can be created, and many ICD-9 categories are now already full.
Finally, the rest of the world has been using ICD-10 for several years now, and is in fact gearing up for the move to ICD-11 by October 1, 2015, so the United States really has no choice but to catch up. Virtually every diagnosis code will be different between ICD-9 and ICD-10. Long-standing coding guidance will not apply to ICD-10 and veteran coders will have to “unlearn” ICD-9 coding guidance and go back to basics to learn ICD-10 coding from scratch.
For many home health care agencies, transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be overwhelming, thus, SMS Council is helping home health agencies in the mapping of both the scope of the transition and the training required to ensure staff is up-to-speed before the required date in 2014.
All SMS Council ICD-10 training programs have been developed by the Council members who are certified by The Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance. SMS Council is headquartered at 19 West 21st Street -Suite 504 New York, NY 10010, and can serve all US certified home health agencies.
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