February 2010 Newsletter
Quadax Prepares for ICD-10
These days, it seems like every newsletter that hits my inbox has something to say about the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System), and this newsletter is no exception. The prevalence of the topic speaks to its significance and impact throughout the healthcare industry. So many components of our applications, processes, and knowledge must be changed to adapt.
The new code sets will be required with dates of service on or after October 1, 2013. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun their public education process detailing comparisons of ICD-9 coding to ICD-10, structural format of the ICD-10 codes, General Equivalence Mappings (GEM) tools, and implementation planning recommendations. I encourage you to visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ICD10/ to learn more about these resources.
Quadax has already taken the first steps in the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation process. A multi-divisional/product task force has been formed, and several meetings have taken place. Quadax strategies are being formalized for all our software applications along with critical tasks and deadlines. We’ve purchased the code files and are building and populating the new database that will house them.
Readiness to adopt ICD-10-CM/PCS requires mobilization, planning, and coordination. You can be sure that Quadax is on top of this requirement and will have solutions in place well before the compliance date.
Please watch future newsletters for updates on our progress.