On October 1, 2016, two ICD-10 updates will go into effect:
1. ICD-10 Fiscal Year 2017 Coding Updates
2. Conclusion of the ICD-10 Grace Period
ICD-10 Fiscal Year 2017 Coding Updates
The new edition of the ICD-10 code set was released on June 24, 2016, and will be in effect for the duration of the government fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2016, and ends September 30, 2017. This edition contains 1,974 additions, 311 deletions, and 425 revisions — resulting in a total of 71,486 codes.
What does this mean to me as a Therabill Member?
On October 1, 2016 Therabill the following will happen in Therabill:
- Therabill’s database of ICD-10 Codes will be updated with all 1,974 additions and 425 revisions
- To ensure past documentation is not disrupted, all deleted ICD-10 Codes will still be available, and will remain within your client’s cases and
- When reviewing past Dx codes for your clients after October 1st, deleted or invalid codes will be indicated by the description “Expired after 9-30-2016“
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When starting a new note for an existing patient on or after October 1, 2016, please double check to make sure the previously used code is still available and that the description, if changed, still accurately reflects the patient’s condition.
What does this mean to me as a clinic Integrated with WebPT.
The changes will be live all notes with dates of service on or after October 1, 2016. The date of service is the first field of the Subjective tab in any SOAP note (as shown in the image below).
For notes with dates of service on or before September 30, 2016, the old set of ICD-10 codes/definitions will be available.
For notes with dates of service on or after October 1, 2016, the new set of codes/definitions will be available.
When starting a new note for an existing patient on or after October 1, 2016, please double check to make sure the previously-used code is still available and that the description, if changed, still accurately reflects the patient’s condition.
Once you’ve updated the patient’s case in WebPT and Finalized a note, the new codes will transmit and update the patient’s case in Therabill in the same way Diagnosis codes have always updated cases in Therabill.
Important Note: If you have patients whose diagnosis codes will change as a result of the ICD-10 revisions, Therabill recommends billing out their pre-Oct 1st dates of service before changing or editing their cases in WebPT. This will ensure legacy codes are not replaced by new codes before you have a chance to bill out the claims.
For additional information regarding how the code changes will affect your account, and for additional resources specific to Physical Therapists; Check out the following article in your WebPT University.
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