On Monday, April 1, 2014, H.R. 4302 was signed by President Obama pushing the ICD-10 compliance deadline to October of 2015. ICD-10 contains two sets of codes; ICD-10-CM-Clinical Modification (these codes may be used in medicine and dentistry) and ICD-10-PCS- Procedure Coding System (will be used in hospitals only). ICD-10-CM stands for International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification.
In order to implement the ICD-10 codes, dentists who submit electronic claims may need to update their billing systems. Contact your software vendors soon about the ICD-10 upgrades and make sure to familiarize your staff with the new completion instructions. Dentists who submit paper claims will need to make sure they are using updated claim forms. Click here to view a sample of the most up-to-date ADA Claim Form.