Surviving ICD-10 — The College has a “code” for that
By the time you’re reading this, it will have been at least 96 hours since ICD-10 went into effect. The fact you ARE reading this means that the world did not end, your email still works and your computer/smart phone/tablet did not explode. Hopefully, you’re in recovery mode and realizing that life goes on after ICD-9.
I talked to many of our members and non-allergist colleagues over the past several months about this change. I can't recall anything in my nearly 40 years in medicine that has caused more anxiety, outside of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. ICD-10, along with EHRs, PQRS, and Meaningful Use, has come to represent the accumulation of everything that is seen as pulling us away from patient care to increasingly becoming transcribers of data for some distant bureaucracy to track our performance.
The College and our Advocacy Council have been working for some time to help you through these changes. We started a few years ago by working with other specialty societies and the AMA to delay implementation, and more recently by helping to prepare our membership for the switch.
If you are still needing help, email our “code hotline” at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments. We are compiling FAQs and will continue to provide helpful tips.
The College has a variety of resources available for you and your staff to use:
- The Essentials of ICD-10 – this free, recorded webinar gives a general overview of ICD-10.
- The Physicians Perspective of ICD-10 - this free recorded webinar for CME credit dives in-depth into codes that allergist’s need to know to get paid.
- ACAAI Crosswalk Top 50 Allergy Codes from 9 to 10 - a PDF that helps convert the 50 most common allergy codes from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
- Special ACAAI member discount on coding books
- ICD-10 “Code it!” series - A nine-week series of articles written by members of the Advocacy Council. This is designed to allow College members to try ICD-10 coding themselves. You can read a short vignette describing a patient and then click to reveal the correct code. Today’s College Insider has the fifth article in the series. Be sure to check back in future weeks for others.
- Helpful articles from the Advocacy Council - our experts have been busy answering your ICD-10 questions on coding for the severity of bronchial asthma, using the 7th digit in ICD-10/coding for venom immunotherapy, and compiling tips and resources for you.
Also, explore CMS recourses like the Road to 10 website, or the American Academy of Professional Coders ICD-10 implementation tools.
James Sublett, MD, FACAAI, ACAAI president