Mapping Your Way to ICD-10 Implementation Success

Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC

As orthopaedic surgeons and their practice teams ready themselves for the implementation of ICD-10, a team-based transition action plan is essential. One step in making the transition is known as “mapping.” Mapping describes the process of comparing the codes currently used in ICD-9 to those that will be used in ICD-10 for the same condition or injury.

Mapping helps to illustrate the differences in documentation requirements between ICD-10 and ICD-9. It enables physicians to identify whether they are meeting the increased documentation elements required to report ICD-10 codes at the highest levels of specificity. If they aren’t, there is time to identify and correct deficiencies, to begin using the more granular diagnosis code descriptions, and to receive feedback and make improvements.

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