November 14, 2014 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has released a 2nd edition ICD-10 Toolkit to prepare doctors of chiropractic for a seamless transition to ICD-10 coding beginning Oct. 1, 2015.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2015, the ICD-9 codes currently used to describe diagnoses and treatment plans can no longer be used by HIPAA-covered entities. The conversion to ICD-10 will enable U.S. healthcare providers to report greater specificity and clinical information.
The new coding system includes updated healthcare terminology and provides higher quality data for processing claims and making clinical decisions. It may also enhance the ability to provide data that proves the effectiveness and positive outcomes achieved by chiropractic services.
To ensure that the chiropractic profession is prepared for and understands ICD-10, ACA has updated its online ICD-10 resources, featuring a 2nd edition ICD-10 Toolkit with a Mapping Tool that simplifies the conversion of diagnosis codes from ICD-9 to ICD-10. If you have previously purchased the Toolkit or the Mapping Tool, you will now receive both as part of this update. Check lists, printable worksheets, and an introductory training webinar are available to ACA members. An intermediate training webinar will soon be available for purchase.
“ACA will work to ensure that the chiropractic profession is well-prepared for the ICD-10 transition,” ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, said. “Beginning Oct. 1, 2015, all claims submitted to HIPAA-covered entities will be rejected unless they contain the proper ICD-10 code. With this in mind, ACA will continue to provide the needed resources for DCs to efficiently and confidently transition to ICD-10 compliance.”
The ACA will provide the chiropractic profession with up-to-date information and resources in its publications and online at www.acatoday.org/ICD-10. Visit the FAQs page for more information or call the ACA at 703-276-8800.