On October 1, 2013, the U.S. healthcare system will transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 as the HIPAA mandated code update is set to begin. ICD (international classifications of diseases) codes are medical diagnosis and procedure codes used for billing and health insurance reimbursement, as well as statistical analysis, clinical, epidemiological and quality reporting. These codes are used in the U.S. and around the world, although the U.S. is the last major country to migrate to ICD-10.
HighPoint Solutions has teamed with Siperian to develop the ICD-10 Appliance. The appliance serves as a centralized point for disease and procedure master data and is pre-populated with ICD-9 and ICD-10 CM, PCS codes, GEMS and reimbursement mappings.
“Chaos will ensue if payers and providers let their vendors create separate mappings and rules for each application,” says John Wollman, executive vice president of healthcare, HighPoint. “The key is to utilize a master data solution to create a single business process management layer with centralized rules, mappings and translations that can be applied uniformly to all applications.” More information: www.highpoint-solutions.com.