One of Consilium’s most recent projects within the past year is the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. ICD-10 will be replacing ICD-9 codes.  These are standardized codes that are used by physicians and providers to label all diagnosis, symptoms, and procedures in hospitals and physician practices. The use of ICD codes is an attempt to make data more cohesive in the massive, ever-growing health system. ICD-10-CM/PCS is a new classification that allows for greater detail and the ability to expand with the evolving system of healthcare. We spoke with Jessica Pinkerton, Project Manager for Client Implementation, who is the lead on the ICD-9/ICD-10 switch for Consilium. We asked Jessica to provide us with some insight into this switch and how DHS is handling the transition.

The ICD-10 update is a large undertaking for the entire healthcare industry.  While the impact is different in our business than it is to healthcare providers, it is no less important. The transition to ICD-10 will allow providers the ability to more accurately document patient care which will provide better analytics.  With a higher quality of data we can improve disease management and quality measures in our healthcare systems.  It’s a great thing and I think we are long overdue.

The current number of diagnosis codes available today is approximately 17,000 and ICD-10 will expand the list to over 140,000 codes. For Consilium, this means we have to be ready to accommodate the new codes and process claims seamlessly through the transition and the project team is working hard to make that happen.  The delay has afforded us additional time of which we’ll incorporate into our testing phase to ensure a successful implementation.

The new compliance date has been delayed until October, 2015.

To learn more about ICD codes and the switch, please visit the following links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American College of Emergency Physicians

American Medical Association