Updates and Changes happen very frequently in the billing and coding profession. One day you may be using a code set a specific way only to find out a month later that the process has changed and the way you were using the code is no longer the proper way to apply the code. Changes happen every day and it is vital to stay abreast of these changes in our profession.
As we are getting ready to start September already (I know, very hard to believe) we are preparing for new ICD-9’s, new CPT’s, and new HCPCS codes and now more than ever we need to find out what codes are new, what codes are changed and more importantly what codes have been deleted for the 2013 calendar year.
If you have the opportunity, this is the time to attend webinar’s or seminar’s to find out what changes are occurring. Many organizations offer these meetings that can be as general as you are looking for and as detailed as you are looking for if you attend a specialty specific session to find out the changes that are up and coming. Remember that the 2013 ICD-9 code book goes into effect on October 1 and the 2013 CPT and HCPCS books go into effect on January 1, 2013. This becomes one of the busiest parts of the year for coders and billers to be sure that we are updated and ready for the 2013 calendar year. Be sure you are ready for the updates and changes so that you are not caught unprepared. Start planning now…..