ICD-10 and DSM-5 for Behavioral Health

There are relatively few increases in ICD-10 codes in behavioral health relative to high impact specialties such as Orthopedics. There are 27 ICD-9 codes for Anxiety Disorders and 47 codes under ICD-10 for example, vs. thousands of code changes in some specialties. Therefore, some behavioral health providers assume in error that because there are fewer codes that the ICD-10 transition has little impact on their organization, which is not true.

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ICD-10 Financial Risk Assessment Should Include Data Quality Assessment

ICD-10 Financial Risk Assessments should include an analysis of historical healthcare claims data for one, two, or ideally three retrospective periods. A data quality assessment is essential, making sure that claims are not duplicates, and that they therefore represent unique events. This is particularly important in view of interim billing on hospital claims. It’s very easy to count hospital admissions multiple times from claims data unless you reconcile claims to a single hospital stay.

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ICD-10 Readiness Compromised by ICD-10 Revenue Cycle, Analytics Vendors

We find that most analytics and revenue cycle companies are ignoring the future role coordinated medical coding will have, the transition to ICD-10, and the clinical documentation and processes on the revenue cycle. The ICD-10 transition will re-write the book on revenue cycle management (RCM). RAC audits and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) will be subject to a new paradigm with ICD-10.

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ICD-10 Transition Training and Consulting – Speaking from Experience

ICD-10 assessments should start with a thorough understanding of how to communicate, educate, train at all levels. Here are some topics our team can speak to for your organization including “ICD-10 Organization Strategy” and “ICD-10 and Business Continuity Planning” We have given many presentations throughout the US in the past year.

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