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IT introduces help lines to support physicians with ICD -10 Oct. 1 launch

Beaumont is well prepared for the ICD-10 transition, and there’s additional help if you need it.

After months of training, education, practice and preparation, all Beaumont legacy sites will transition to the ICD-10 coding classification system. The system’s thousands of additional diagnosis and procedure codes allow for improved measurement of the quality, safety and efficacy of the health care we provide. 

Also, ICD-10 allows for improved tracking of public health since it is used internationally.  Each code contains the full description of the disease process or procedure performed which is necessary for appropriate payment.

IT Go-Live call center
To assist you with diagnosis calculators and billing questions, the IT Go-Live call center will be available for ICD-10 assistance from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14.  Physicians and those requiring assistance may call 248-551-5483 or 1-LIVE for help with the diagnosis calculators and billing.


ICD-10 help line
For assistance with coding questions, code definitions or what code to use, an ICD-10 help line is also available. Call 248-551-5414, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Calls outside these business hours will go directly to voice mail and routed to a coding expert, for response the next business day. 

 You may also email your ICD-10 coding questions to   ICD-10 CodingHelp@beaumont.edu.   For more information, visit the ICD-10 resource page


ICD-10 Documentation Update

As we prepare for the transition to ICD-10, Beaumont physicians need to ensure all clinical documentation accurately and completely relays the patient’s story. Physicians will be expected to incorporate key concepts in documentation, such as onset of illness or injury, infection site, laterality, acuity, complications, type of vessel and more.

To assist physicians in finding the appropriate ICD-10 code during problem or visit diagnosis selection, the diagnosis calculator will be required to ensure the selected code has sufficient granularity. 

The new ICD-10 system has thousands more diagnosis and procedure codes than ICD-9. This helps us describe the severity of a disease or injury more specifically. Not only will that enable clinicians to monitor treatment more effectively, but it will also result in more accurate insurance reimbursements.  

While signs, symptoms and test results are important elements of the medical record, they are not sufficient for coders to assign a diagnostic code. The clinical significance of test results must be documented by the physician.

Linking relevant conditions appropriately should be incorporated in documentation, since coders cannot assume the clinical relationships. Examples of linking include hypertension with heart disease and endocarditis due to Staph Aureus.

When documenting a recent myocardial infarction, define the estimated time it occurred in days/months. Both the wall and specific artery affected have to be documented.

For more information or documentation tips, visit ICD-10 tip sheets by specialty on Inside Beaumont Online.


ICD-10 Newsletter: Lifeline 

Published every other week, this newsletter is intended to keep you up-to-date on how physicians and Beaumont are preparing for the migration to ICD-10 coding on Oct. 1, 2015. Each newsletter will include the ICD-10 Diagnosis & Documentation Tip of the Week, an IT update and a Training & Education Update, as well as a link to an online survey where you can provide feedback. 

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