ICD 10 and What it May Entail

Great article from MedCity News.

The US has been one of the first countries to adapt ICD 9 codes formedical billing and claims. With the industry focused on healthcare reform, changes in supporting functions are inevitable. The ICD 10 is far more comprehensive, featuring 68,000 documentation codes for diagnosis in comparison to the 14,000 of ICD 9. These codes could also include alpha numeric identifiers unlike ICD 9 and will span from 3-7 characters. Procedural codes for ICD 10 are expected to total about 87,000 and include 7 alphanumeric identifiers in comparison to 4,000 codes in ICD 9. The new codes are expected to be more compact in case classification, reducing chances of misrepresentation when dealing with insurance and medical billing companies.

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AMA Updates Vaccine CPT Codes for 2012 – 2013 Use

As they have since 2006, the American Medical Association released updated CPT codes for vaccines last week ahead of the 2013 official code book release.

Some of the highlights of the semi-annual report:

  • Code 90653 – has been ACCEPTED for inclusion in the 2013 codebook production cycle
    “Influenza virus vaccine, inactivated, subunit, adjuvanted, for intramuscular use”
  • Code 90739 – has been ACCEPTED for inclusion in the 2013 codebook production cycle
    “Hepatitis B vaccine, adult dosage (2 dose schedule), for intramuscular use”
  • Code 90672 – has been ACCEPTED for inclusion in the 2013 codebook production cycle
    “Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent, live, for intranasal use”
  • Codes 90685, 90686, 90687, 90688 were ACCEPTED for inclusion in the 2014codebook production cycle
  • Codes 90655, 90656, 90657, 90658, and 90660 will include the term trivalent, meaning “conferring immunity to three different pathogenic strains or species”

You can learn more about the changes for July 2012 at the AMA’s Category I Vaccine Code Page