Each year, CMS published updates to the ICD-10 code set, effective October 1 of that year. We blogged about that update here. Due to a code freeze and the continued need for new or revised codes, thousands of code changes affect the FY 2017 code set. As part of our continuing effort to make the code set a piece of cake for all of our users, we have updated MediTouch’s ICD-10 architecture to reflect the 2017 ICD-10 code set. Some existing billable codes expired on October 1 and will be replaced with a set of billable child codes in order to provide more granular diagnosis coding. Expired codes cannot be used to bill claims for dates of service on or after October 1, 2016.
This update means we have:
- Added codes
- Deleted codes
- Revised existing codes
- Expired existing billable codes and replaced them with non-billable codes and their billable child codes
- Updated the ICD-10 Search Shortcut Keywords*
You can access the full list of the 2017 ICD-10 code set from CMS here.
*MediTouch has built-in shortcut keywords to common medical terminology, making ICD-10 codes easier to search. Having an intelligent code search engine is a key function in finding ICD-10 success. Read about other necessary features your EHR should have to ensure that ICD-10 is a non-issue for your practice.