ICD-10 Being Adopted by New York State

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Robert Golan

According to a recent news article, New York State is in the midst of adopting ICD-10, which is a new medical coding system that is leading to some difficulties for health care providers as well as workers. The new ICD-10 coding system, which is particularly important for the usage with Workers’ Compensation claims, is thought to greatly improve the process of medical billing and classification but it may prove to be a difficult implementation. New York State is one of only 21 states currently adopting the rules, which will go live on October 1st.

While New York is adopting the rules, 26 states currently have no plans to adopt it for Workers’ Compensation claims but may adopt it for other processes including inpatient hospital billing (three states). This will result in many national health care providers and national insurance companies having to adopt multiple systems that can be difficult to keep track of. Risk and Insurance indicates that those still on the ICD-9 system will lead to many inconsistencies and challenges going forward.

The impact of this may be felt particularly in Queens, New York, which has a high number of facilities and patients who will be impacted by this new system. Queens Workers’ Compensation providers are robust and a significant amount of care is needed to understand this new coding structure as well as the impact that it may have on the population of health care workers and patients. If you are facing difficulties it makes sense to use a Queens Workers’ Compensation disability attorney to assist you with the implementation or understanding of this new coding system.

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