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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: Annie1 on September 05, 2013, 01:03:13 PM

Does anyone know if the decimal points are going to be required for the ICD10 diagnosis codes? Our system currently only stores 7 characters, not including the decimal. Currently we have the new ICD10 tables set up as 7 characters with no decimal.
I'm wondering if these will get rejected.

You should not have been using decimal points even on ICD9 codes. Using the decimal moves all your numbers to the right of the decimal over one. We haven't used decimals for eons. If you look at a paper claim, and you use a computer, when you print it out, your system should suppress the punctuation. Electronic claims would be rejected unless your clearinghouse is doing it for you.

If you look at a paper claim ... your system should suppress the punctuation.
Merry  I'm looking at the CMS 1500 (0805) Form. In Box 21, I see a place for four diagnosis codes (14). At each place, there is a red underline, a red period, and then another red underline. That is, the CMS 1500 provides a place for the numbers before the period, the period, and the numbers after the period.
I'm looking at a printed CMS 1500 Form for one of our clients. The software prints the period right where the red period is printed on the Form. We've been submitting these HCFA/CMS Forms with the period printed on them since the late 1990's.
Edit: I'm looking at some ICD10 codes right now  and see some with 1 digit to the right of the decimal point, some with 2 digits to the right, and some with 3 digits. Those codes that I am looking at only have 1 Letter and 2 digits (total of 3) to the left of the decimal point.
Take B37.0 for example (a real code). Assuming there is a B37.01 code, and we don't use a decimal point, we end up with B3701. How does the computer know that is supposed to be B370.1 rather than B37.01? Inquiring minds want to know, if you know.
Also  do you know what the total length of the ICD10 Codes will be. Not to exceed 7 digits? 10 digits? Or is that undefined?

Up to 7 digits RichardP

Thank you.