AAOS Now

Published 2/1/2014

ICD–10 Countdown

It’s February 2014, and orthopaedic practices must implement the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD–10) on Oct. 1—just 8 months away. By now, your practice should have accomplished the following actions:

  1. Begun physician and staff training in the new coding system nomenclature and codes
  2. Identified all practice processes and systems that require conversion from ICD–9 to ICD–10
  3. Contacted your claims clearinghouse regarding ICD–10 readiness
  4. Contacted payers regarding ICD–10 readiness
  5. Determine how you might handle revenue payment shortfalls to sustain your practice

During February, your practice needs to undertake the following actions:

  1. Completely install any new or updated software required to implement ICD–10.
  2. Begin testing new or updated software.
  3. Continue physician and staff training.