Convert ICD 9 to ICD 10 for Free. The ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets on October 1, 2015. ICD-10 Compliance is mandatory for all HIPAA-covered entities, including those who do not handle Medicare claims. There are no exceptions to any HIPAA-covered entities.
All claims with dates of service 10/1/15 and beyond must contain the ICD 10 codes or the claims will be denied. All dates of service before 10/1/15 will still utilize the ICD 9 diagnosis codes.
It is very important for healthcare providers to make sure they and their staff are ready to transition from ICD 9 to ICD 10 codes. In addition, providers will want to be sure their software and clearinghouse is ready to accept ICD 10 diagnosis codes by October 1st.
In order to make this process easier for you we have found two ICD 10 mapping tools that allow you to convert diagnosis codes from ICD-9 to ICD-10 as well as ICD 10 to ICD 9 for free.
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Convert ICD 9 to ICD 10
This first link will allow will allow you to translate ICD-9 codes into ICD-10 codes and vice versa: ICD-9 to ICD-10 with ICD long descriptions available
This second link will allow you to quickly convert codes in either direction: Simple code conversion
Look Up Codes
These two additional tools will assist you in finding all diagnosis codes available for the ICD 9 or ICD 10 codes:
Getting the proper training will ensure that staff members are ready to use the ICD-10 codes. The type of training required by each staff member depends upon their roles and responsibilities within the practice. Generally speaking, this is the type of training that is most suitable for each member of your practice:
1. Documentation training for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other staff who document in the patient medical record.
2. Coding training for staff members who work with codes on a regular basis.
3. Overview training for staff members engaged in management and/or administrative functions.
In addition, providers should plan to do both internal and external testing in order to ensure compliance by the compliance date. Practices should plan to test claims, eligibility verification, quality reporting, and other transactions and processes that involve ICD-10 codes from beginning to end.
As with any major transition, preparation and planning are key. Taking the necessary steps to prepare for this conversion ahead of time will help ensure a smooth transition and timely payments for healthcare services.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that while many codes in ICD-9-CM map directly to codes in ICD-10, in many cases, a clinical analysis may be required to determine which code or codes should be selected for your mapping. Always review all mapping results before applying them.