No matter what modules you use of The ChartMaker Medical Suite, you will be affected by the ICD-10 transition. As you may already know, the federal government, HHS and CMS, has decided the start date for using ICD-10 codes on all insurance claims will be October 1, 2014. While this may seem like a long time from now, in terms of what you need to do to prepare for this change, you need to begin fairly soon.
We want to let you know what STI has been doing to make the transition as easy as possible for you. In addition, we want to make you aware of some things that your practice needs to begin thinking about so you will be ready when the time comes.
What STI Has Been Doing
STI has been working on ICD-10 issues for more than a year. It has been a major commitment of time and energy by the Development, Training and Customer Support Departments to work together and develop a clear and easy way for users to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. And, a lot of the work has already been done. For instance, you may not realize it but, the ChartMaker Medical Suite Version 4.6 already has the latest version of the ICD-10 codes built in. At the moment you can’t access them since they’re not needed until October 2014 but, they are there. Furthermore, we have already designed the screens which allow a user to easily “crosswalk” from an ICD-9 code to an ICD-10 code. These screens contain tabs which allow searches by ICD-9 codes, ICD-10 codes and details in the Crosswalk. As seen in the example below, you will always be able to search using the ICD-9 code and determine the appropriate ICD-10 code. This will be very helpful until you learn the new codes. This functionality is already working in our test environment and will be seen in future releases.
Rest assured, everything you need to handle ICD-10 will be available to you well before October 1, 2014. To stay informed on ICD-10, be sure to subscribe to our Newsletter today!