In spite of all the hoopla and angst about implementation of the ICD-10 among providers of every stripe during the past year, things among our customers and most behavioral health providers appear to have gone pretty smoothly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) say the same thing. According a report by HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), there have been isolated problems processing ICD-10 codes for certain National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), but so far, most of the process has been smooth. CMS made some clarifications about these NCDs and LCDs and the actions they are taking to correct matters.
The CMS/ICD-10 site continues to have significant resources to assist providers in coding and filing accurately. A CMS infographic walks one through the process of dealing with ICD-10. Make sure you have resources handy in case you need them. You can get to the general ICD-10 page with many links by clicking here. You will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the ICD-10 Ombudsman just a click away.
Getting this job done has been a major learning process for all. In the next few years, as more detailed data about diagnoses and treatments becomes available, we will all likely be glad that we went through the effort!
Please comment below about your experience with the ICD-10 transition.