Timing is (Almost) Everything
In addition to ensuring your coding is accurate and well-documented, CMS requires that the new codes be used for all patient services provided after the October 1, 2022 start date. This not only affects new patients, but the new code sets affect claims arising from a patient service that began under 2022 ICD-10 codes on or before September 30, 2022 and continued after October 1, 2022.
For existing clients, codes will need to be changed if subsequent encounters occur on or after October 1st. This may impact both 1st and 2nd 30-day billing periods. For example, if a SOC (start of care) visit occurred on September 4 using the 2022 codes, a subsequent nursing visit on October 6 would need to utilize the 2023 codes on the new claim.
A caveat on timing: The October 1 implementation date of the 2023 ICD-10-CM code set applies to CMS claims. However, commercial payers may use a different implementation schedule. Check with your individual payers as some commercial and private payer implementation dates may differ from the CMS date.
Take Some Actions Now
Implementing the 2023 ICD-10-CM code set changes throughout your organization requires a winning strategy to ensure your claims submissions are compliant. Identify cases that have claims with codes that are changing, and have a process for getting new orders for codes that have changed. Educate internal coders about the new code sets or coordinate with external partners who do your claims coding to ensure they are implemented throughout the organization. Here is a quick checklist to get you started on your 2023 ICD-10-CM journey:
- Discuss the new code sets with your EMR vendor to assure compliance with the changes.
- Identify patients with a diagnosis impacted by the changes for both the 1st and 2nd 30-day episode periods.
- For non-Medicare patients, determine if the private or commercial payor will be requiring new coding after October 1, 2022.
- Follow your internal processes for updating your claim codes. It is not necessary to change the codes on your prior POC (plan of care) or OASIS assessments. The changes only apply to services rendered after October 1, 2022.
- Still need help? Reach out to Corridor so we may assist you with your plan to avoid delays in reimbursement.
For help integrating the 2023 ICD-10 coding changes into your organization’s claims submission process, contact Corridor at 1-866-263-3795 or by clicking here. Our coding and reimbursement experts can help ensure that your claims are accurate, timely, and properly prepared for submission.
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