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ICD-10-CM coding starts October 1st, 2015!  We want to help you make the transition from ICD-9 easier with these quick tips and our diagnosis feature enhancement.

Tip #1:  Create your own conversion sheet specific to your practice.  Make a list of the 20 most often used codes in your practice.  Convert them from ICD-9 to ICD-10-CM and have the sheet with the converted codes handy. 

Tip #2:  Bookmark important reference websites, like the Centers for Medicare  Medicaid Services, that provide ICD-10-CM lists, resources, and a Code Lookup database:

Tip #3:  Use the Diagnosis Lookup feature that searches descriptions directly related to the new ICD-10-CM behavioral health codes.  You will be able to enter and search for a general  diagnosis keyword, like "Attention", and then....


Diagnosis search results in Argonaut


...the results will appear showing all ICD-9 and ICD-10-CM diagnosis (ICD-9 codes will be available during this interim period).

This search feature will simplify the way you locate and enter the correct ICD-10-CM code. 

Tip #4:  Research what others are doing so you aren't all alone in your solo or small practice.  Here is an article with one psychologist's personal experience during this transition, an eBook, and two videos to help you prepare:

Tip #5:  Understanding the new code structure of the ICD-10-CM can help to minimize some of the confusion.  Here is what all the letters and numbers mean:

  • Characters 1 - 3:  Diagnosis category, with first letter being an alpha character, second and third characters are numeric values
  • Characters 4 - 6: Diagnosis detail, with alpha-numeric characters
  • Character 7:  Diagnosis extension, with alpha-numeric characters

Tip #6: If you haven't noticed, the ICD-10-CM has more codes than the ICD-9 for each category, and more characters.  This is because the ICD-10-CM provides for greater specificity in the diagnosis, and the extended code length is needed to facilitate the new structure (see Tip #2).

Tip #7: You will only use the ICD-10-CM codes for sessions that occur on October 1, 2015 or thereafter.  Any sessions that took place on September 30, 2015 or earlier will still need the ICD-9 codes.

Tip #8:  Nothing is changing with regard to your CPT Codes.  This change only applies to Diagnosis Codes.

Tip #9:  Use your resources!  If you are a member of a professional organization, use the resources they have provided to get you ICD-10-CM ready.  Here are few links:

Tip #10: Don't be confused about ICD-10 and ICD-10-CM.  When you hear "ICD-10" here in the United States, it refers to the ICD-10-CM and the ICD-10-PCS.  The ICD-10-CM is the diagnosis classification used for healthcare treatment settings in the U.S.  The ICD-10-PCS is the procedure classification used for inpatient hospital treatment.  When referring to the ICD-10 diagnosis, it is actually the ICD-10-CM.



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