Six Months In: Preparation Eased Community Hospital Transition to ICD-10
by Beth Kim, VP of Revenue Integrity, CHC
October 1, 2015, was a much-anticipated day for the U.S. healthcare system. It was the final compliance date for the shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10, a set of codes used to report diagnoses and inpatient procedures to identify health trends and track morbidity and mortality. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) characterized the change as “more than an update, a leap in how we define care.” Physicians, hospitals and health insurance companies rely on these codes for diagnosing patients and billing for services. ICD-9 had been used since 1979 with periodic updates.