Introduction to ICD-10
This guide is intended to provide health care professionals with an overview of ICD-10. Hyperlinks to the CMS website are included in the guide to direct you to more information and resources.
The ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by the ICD-10 codes for services provided on or after October 1, 2014. These FAQs provide an overview of the transition to ICD-10 and point to resources for more information.
ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practice
The ICD-10 transition takes planning, preparation, and time, so medical practices should continue working toward compliance. The following quick checklist will assist you with preliminary planning steps.
Modifiers can be two digit numbers, two character modifiers, or alpha-numeric indicators. Modifiers provide additional information to payers to make sure your provider gets paid correctly for services rendered.
If appropriate, more than one modifier may be used with a single procedure code; however, are not applicable for every category of the CPT codes. Some modifiers can only used with a particular category and some are not compatible with others.
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