With the upcoming transition date of October 1, 2015 from ICD-9 to ICD-10 quickly approaching, it is important to note the coding changes from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Specific areas of this transition will impact skilled nursing facilities and the coding of both the short and long term population in the facility.
ICD-9 has been utilized for over 30 years for a number of uses in the American Healthcare system. These uses include reimbursement, payer contracts and coverage determinations, assessment of provider performance with disease management, and monitoring utilization patterns. It has also been utilized for providing criteria for inpatient care vs. outpatient services, tracking the severity of illness data including mortality and complications, as well as public health tracking