Conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Coding Denials and Charges, but …
The conversion to ICD-10 from ICD-9 coding has led to significant increases in coding-related denials, denied charges, and the use of unspecified codes, according to an analysis involving >44,500 billable patient encounters. Still, overall revenue and clinical volume were not impacted.
Investigators compared billing and coding data from an academic ophthalmology practice for 1-year periods before and after conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Among the results:
- Conversion had no impact on payments per visit, relative value units per visit, mean volume of visits, or percentage of high-level visits.
- Coding-related denials increased from 0.98 to 1.84 per every 100 visits.
- Denied charges increased from $307 to $661.
- The monthly percentage of unspecified codes used increased from 26% to 35%.
Hellman J, Lim M, Leung K, Blount C, Yiu G. The impact of conversion to International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10) on an academic ophthalmology practice. Clin Ophthalmol. 2018;12:949-956. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S161742.