The conversion to ICD-10 is less than five months away. With the start date for ICD-10 set for Oct. 1, 2015, it is imperative for coding professionals using ICD-9 to begin practicing the new ICD-10 coding conventions.
There are approximately 68,000 ICD-10 codes, compared to 14,000 ICD-9 codes. The good news is that approximately 78% of ICD-9 codes map "one-to-one" with an ICD-10 code, according to the American Health Information Management Association. But this doesn't necessarily mean that converting from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be easy, making practice essential. If coders do not practice using ICD-10, they are more likely to struggle to properly code when the October 1 deadline arrives.
Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help coders learn how to apply ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes correctly.
PGM's free ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion tool allows users to easily convert ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes and vice versa by selecting the ICD conversion type followed by a user defined code.
There are also numerous, free ICD-10 practice quizzes online.
HCPro's JustCoding has developed an archive of challenging quizzes that focus on specific coding topics, including many on ICD-10. They include the following:
- ICD-10-CM codes for complications of surgical and medical care, not elsewhere classified
- ICD-10-CM codes for diseases of the respiratory system
- ICD-10-CM codes for congenital malformations of the respiratory system
- ICD-10-CM codes for disorders due to psychoactive substance use
- ICD-10-PCS codes for root operation repair
- ICD-10-CM codes for head injuries
- ICD-10-CM codes for atherosclerosis
- ICD-10-CM codes for diseases of the liver
- ICD-10-CM codes for lower leg fractures
- ICD-10-CM codes for musculoskeletal injuries
- ICD-10-PCS codes for upper joint procedures
- ICD-10-CM codes for endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases
The Advance Healthcare Network has its own set of ICD-10 practice tests to help you prepare for the transition. Access them by clicking here.