Get ready to say goodbye to Coding Clinic for ICD-9, and hello to Coding Clinic for ICD-10.
The AHA will cease publication of its ICD-9 guidance, but is already planning for an ICD-10-CM/PCS replacement, according to Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, Director of Coding and Classification for the AHA.
“We have no plans to translate [previous Coding Clinic volumes] because many of those [issues] came about as [ICD-9-CM] codes needed qualifications [and clarifications],” Leon-Chisen said during CMS’ “ICD-10 Implementation Strategies and Planning National Provider Call” November 17.
The AHA will begin to publish its new Coding Clinic for ICD-10 in the fourth quarter of 2012. It will provide practical information and coding advice approved by the cooperating parties and AHA editorial advisory board. The new Coding Clinic for ICD-10 will follow the same format as Coding Clinic for ICD-9 and the AHA will still accept questions.
Anyone with questions about the ICD-10 guidelines or codes can submit them to the AHA now, but anyone who submits a question needs to have working knowledge of the new code sets and questions must pertain to the application of the codes and the interpretation of the medical record.