Rockford Orthopedic Associates is moving forward
Although many orthopaedic practices may be crying, “Say it isn’t so!”, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that on Oct. 1, 2014, the codes used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures—currently the International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9)—will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. Orthopaedic practices, therefore, have approximately 15 months to make the transition.
Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd., (ROA) isn’t waiting. According to orthopaedic surgeon Scott W. Trenhaile, MD, and billing manager Judy Larson, CPC, members of the practice are confident that CMS won’t delay ICD-10 implementation again. As a result, they’re improving documentation and putting processes in place now to avoid as much financial impact as possible next year.