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ICD-10 Code Books for Diagnosing Patients

Keep your office up to date with these ICD-10 code books. The longer codes used in ICD-10 simplifies the process for finding the correct code.

Ensure your office has the most current information when you choose ICD-10 code books. After using ICD-9 from 1979 to 2015, the United States switched to ICD-10, which uses 7 digit codes instead of 3 digit codes. This brings the total number of codes from 14,000 to 69,000. Expect to have an easier time finding codes with the more precise codes offered in ICD-10. Because insurance claims require ICD-10 codes, it's vital that your office makes the transition to ICD-10 to avoid any issues.

Keep Your Office Current

ICD-10 is the standard coding system in health care, so ensure your office has all the information it needs for a smooth transition. Get a code book with a full alphabetic and numeric index and implement those codes for diagnoses and insurance claim forms, to make sure they process correctly. To ease the transition, use a desk reference that has both the ICD-9 codes and the corresponding ICD-10 codes.

Fast Finders and Express Reference Coding Cards for Common Codes

Fast Finders and Express Reference coding cards both offer a list of the most common codes for a specific branch of medicine on one or more laminated sheets of paper. Use these to save time around the office, as doctors and nurses can quickly find their most-used codes without flipping through an entire code book. Quill offers a full selection of code sheets in a wide range of specialties.

ICD-10 is the base that allows for more specific and standardized procedure coding. On October 1, 2015, the ICD-10 code sets will replace the existing ICD-9 code sets that have been used for more than 3 decades.

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been part the healthcare community for more than 100 years. The United States implemented the current version (ICD-9) in 1979. Since the year 2000, most industrialized countries began using ICD-10 with the transition for the United States occurring in 2015.

ICD-10 consists of two parts, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The ICD-10-CM code books are used for diagnosis in all U.S. health care settings. ICD-10-PCS code books are used for inpatient procedure coding in U.S. hospital settings.

ICD-10 transition will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), not just those who submit Medicare or Medicaid claims. Claims for services provided on or after October 1, 2015 should be submitted with ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Claims for services provided prior to October 1, 2015 should be submitted with ICD-9 diagnosis codes.

One big change that practices will notice with the ICD-10 transition is the number of digits used in codes. ICD-9 used 3-digit codes. ICD-10 codes have been increased to 7 digits. This will raise the number of codes from 14,000 to 69,000. This will allow practices to capture a more specific classification of procedures. The greater number of codes in ICD-10 doesn’t necessarily make it more complex to use. In fact, the greater number of codes makes it easier to find the right code.

The benefits of ICD-10 will impact everything from patient care to each practice’s bottom line.

Whatever your healthcare specialty, we can help. From physical therapy to psychiatric, dermatology to dental and optometry to ophthalmology, we have a full selection of ICD-10 code books that will help enhance your practice’s documentation and patient care. Plus, you’ll find ICD-10 software and books to improve your cash flow and increase productivity.

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