Laureen: OK, so this one is for Alicia, ICD-9 versus ICD-10.
Alicia: Yey! This one is very pretty short and sweet too.
Q: Should I wait to take the CPC exam when ICD-10 comes out?
A: No, don’t wait, do not wait. I mean, if something happens and it’s funds or something like that, I can see why you would wait. But, here are three little great reasons why you don’t wait. The guidelines are mostly the same, which there’s few little changes and nuances, they added a few words like laterality and stuff, but it’s the same. And then looking up the codes are done the same: you look up your codes in the index, then you look up the codes in the tabular; so index, just like you’re looking up a name in a phonebook and then you go to the tabular to get your definition to verify it’s the same. The main differences is that there’s laterality – meaning, that before you didn’t have a code for right or left or bilateral, maybe just a bilateral, but now you have codes for right and left and unspecified whether right or left or both. That’s why there’s more codes, it’s not that they came up with all these other diseases, it’s the fact that they’re giving you more options so that you can code to a higher specificity.
ICD 9 vs ICD 10 — Take the CPC Exam Now or Wait for ICD 10? – Video
Now, the other thing is, and the biggie is employers are going to want you to know both code sets, because for one thing ICD-9 is not going away for workman’s comp = workman’s comp I think is keeping ICD-9. And here’s another one that’s keeping ICD-9, it has to do with motor vehicle or something that I was just reading an article on; but ICD-9 it’s going to take a while to clean up the ICD-9 when the change happens, because the change is going to be like flipping a switch at midnight October, what it is? 31st or whenever it’s changing, the next morning.
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