Good afternoon medical community. Our friends at NCTracks have put together a nice little FAQ regarding upcoming ICD-10 submissions. Here’s a sample of some of the questions posed and answers given:
Q: What is the soonest you will accept a claim with an ICD-10 code on it?
A: The federal government has mandated that October 1 is the earliest we can accept a claim with ICD-10 codes.
Q: If a date of service is prior to October 1, but the claim is not submitted until after October 1, which ICD codes should be used?
A: The codes to use will be based on date of service, no matter when you submit the claim. So if the date of service occurred before October 1, but you’re submitting the claim after October 1, you will use ICD-9 codes.
Q: Can claims with ICD-9 codes and claims with ICD-10 codes be submitted in the same batch?
A: Yes. Claims for dates of service prior to October 1 (using ICD-9 codes) and claims for dates of service on or after October 1 (using ICD-10 codes) can be submitted in the same batch. However, ICD-9 codes and ICD-10 codes cannot be used on the same claim.
Q: This crosswalk does not locate any of my codes. I tried searching common codes such as 401.9, 250.02, 250.00, 789.00.
A: Those codes are on the crosswalk, but as the directions state, you have to remove the decimal point. For example, enter ICD-9 code 707.10 as 70710. Once you do that, you will find the corresponding ICD-10 code.
Q: Will we be given a list of common codes for our specific discipline? I am a speech-language pathologist and use a limited number of codes. A master list which shows the ICD-9 codes converted to the new ICD-10 codes would be helpful. Will there be a resource for this?
A: You can find your codes on the NCTracks ICD-10 Crosswalk at http://ncmmis.ncdhhs.gov/icdxwalk.asp Remember to enter your ICD-9 codes without a decimal and the crosswalk should tell you the corresponding ICD-10 codes.
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