Now is the time to start identifying the top 20 codes that your office uses. Run a report to see what those codes are in your organization, then cross walk them with the General Equivalence Mapping (GEM) files. You may download these files at no charge here.
The purpose of GEMs is to provide the information you need to understand the structure and relationships contained in the mappings, in order to use the information correctly.
For example, choose the ICD-9 code you want to explore, such as 625.9 “Unspecified symptom associated with female genital organs.” In ICD-10, that code translates to N94.89 “Unspecified condition associated with female genital organs and menstrual cycle” or R10.2 “Pelvic and perineal pain.”
Once you know what ICD-10 codes your practice will use, do a review and update any cheat sheets or forms your office regularly uses.
It’s recommended you dual code no less than five charts a day, using the GEM files.
For more information on ICD-10, see the Education section on the ISMA website. Visit this page often for specialty education and all the ICD-10 news.
|Step up now for July 2015 ICD-10 end-to-end testing
Indiana’s Medicare administrative contractor, WPS, is now registering potential volunteers for July to conduct limited ICD-10 end-to-end testing. Testers will be selected at random from a list of registered volunteers.
The volunteer form must be completed by April 17, and chosen testers will be notified by May 8. To register, visit the CMS website and find the needed form on the right side of the page under “Additional Links.”