As the transition to ICD-10 lingers in the coming weeks, there are three myths about ICD-10 that should be dispelled in order for your practice to have a smooth ICD-10 transition:

ICD-10 only impacts some people and departments: The changes brought on by ICD-10 will impact everyone in your medical office. During the implementation as well as during post-implementation training it is important to include everyone in the office including front office staff, clinical staff, billers, coders, and physicians.

Not everyone will need to use ICD-10 codes: After October 1, 2015 all entities that are covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must use ICD-10 codes on HIPAA transactions. Therefore claims for all healthcare services as well as hospital inpatient services performed on or before October 1, 2015 must use ICD-10 codes. These types of claims coded in ICD-9 after October 1, 2015 will be rejected.

The US healthcare system is the first to implement ICD-10: The United States is actually the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes. ICD-9 was implemented over 30 years ago, contains outdated terms, and is not consistent with current medical technology.

What other myths or misconceptions about ICD-10 has your practice encountered?