Beginning October 1, 2015, all health-care providers made the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Now that the ICD-10 compliance deadline has come and gone, audiologists have been working to familiarize themselves with proper coding using ICD-10 codes. Below, the Academy has complied resources to assist audiologists in familiarizing themselves with the ICD-10 system. These resources include a list of codes pertinent to audiologists, a sample superbill template with ICD-10 codes, and other helpful compliance information. The Academy also has ICD-10 related e-Audiology Web seminars available on demand. These are available as part of the Coding and Reimbursement Series.
It is recommended that members query vendors and clearinghouses about their readiness for the transition as well as begin updating superbills and encounter forms. The Academy will continue to update this webpage when CMS offers new resources related to ICD-10.
Have additional coding, reimbursement or compliance questions? E-mail the Academy’s reimbursement mailbox. By submitting questions to the centralized mailbox, the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) is able to review and discuss all inquiries posed to the Academy. This allows the CRC to research responses, identify trends in coding and reimbursement, develop coding and reimbursement resources, and engage in advocacy with payers regarding concerning policies.
The Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee (CRC) has developed this editable superbill template to serve as a guide for audiologists working to prepare an ICD-10 superbill for their own practices. The CRC recognizes that not all of the ICD-10 codes found on this template will be utilized in all practice settings. The template is designed to help you create a superbill that best meets the needs of your practice setting.
- ICD-10 codes pertinent to audiologists 2017-2018
- Road to 10: The Small Physican’s Route to ICD-10 Implementation Guide
- ICD-10 Implementation guide
- ICD-10 implementation guide for small and medium practices
- ICD-10 implementation guide for large practices
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) article on ICD-10 requirements and deadline
- ICD-10: Compliance Date of October 1, 2013, Delayed, But Be Prepared for Transition
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ICD-10 webpage with resources
- General Equivalence Mappings.(Be sure to refer to the ICD-10 User’s Guide prior to using the GEMS. When looking at the GEMS document, it is important to know that the ICD-10 codes are in the first column, with their corresponding ICD-9 codes in the second column. Diseases of the ear and mastoid are on pages 162-177 of the PDF, with the hearing loss codes on pages 174-176)
- Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process, including codes for Hearing Loss.
To assist you in the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, General Equivalency Maps (GEMS) crosswalk the disease codes from one system to the other. This may not always be a correct translation from one system to the other as there are exceptions. You will want to refer to the user’s guide prior to using the GEMS
For further information, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have a Web site that may be of interest.