The AAFP is offering new resources to help prepare family physicians for the transition to the clinical modification of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, or ICD-10-CM, which becomes official on Oct. 1, 2013.
That deadline may sound like it's on the distant horizon, but Cynthia Hughes, C.P.C., an AAFP coding specialist, says physicians shouldn't procrastinate in their planning. "This is going to be a huge change," said Hughes. "Practices need to begin now to prepare and budget for the costs associated with this change."
The new resources on the Academy's Web site are intended to help members with the changeover and also to coach FPs on how to correctly use the ICD-10 codes.
The ICD-10 contains nearly five times the number of codes as the current ICD-9 code set, or about 69,000 diagnosis codes versus 14,000 codes. In addition, the ICD-10 codes contain three to seven digits, compared to the three- to five-digit codes currently used.
The Academy's new ICD-10 resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available, are designed to help family physicians
- understand the depth of the change,
- begin to prepare their practices,
- learn how to establish an ICD-10 transition plan, and
- locate additional training materials and resources.
As part of that training effort, the Academy has signed an agreement with the American Health Information Management Association, or AHIMA, to serve as a collaborating organization to the second annual AHIMA ICD-10 Summit, April 12-13, in Washington, D.C.
AAFP members are eligible for a discount on conference registration. Use coupon code MX4376 when registering for the event.