EHR Intelligence , an industry publication, highlighted the Vibrant Health story and the steps being taken to become ICD-10 ready.  Read the full article here: Preparing Billers, Coders for a Successful ICD-10 Transition

(Pictured Above) Business Manager Jeanne Refsnider, Coding Billing Educator & Lead Jenny Truax, and EMR Support Specialist Jody Armstrong are ready for the transition of ICD-9 codes to ICD-10. The national conversion date is October, 1, 2015.  The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).

ICD-10 is a code set that plays both a clinical and financial role in American healthcare — that is, it is not a means of recording diagnoses and procedures but also billing and reimbursement. For example, an ICD-9 code would indicate a broken arm. In ICD-10, the code would specify the specific arm and the specific bone.

As a result, a successful ICD-10 transition requires sufficient preparation on the part of clinicians, coders, and billers alike.

What is ICD-9?
A set of codes used by physicians, hospitals, and health workers to indicate diagnosis for all patient encounters.

What is ICD-10?
The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains codes for diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or diseases.