Changeover to the nation's medical coding system will be well supported at Upstate
Upstate University Hospital, like the rest of the U.S., is in the process of transitioning from the ninth to the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). The United States is the only advanced country still using ICD-9.
ICD-9, the system currently in use for more than three decades, has run out of space for new information. It also does not reflect the current state of medicine and technology and produces limited data about patients' medical conditions and hospital procedures.
The change to ICD-10 will affect care providers – such as physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and radiation technicians – and those involved in coding and billing most directly.
- For questions that specifically deal with EPIC, the electronic medical record and practice management system, call the usual help desk number, 464-4115, at the Information Management and Technology Department.
- For Upstate providers, Upstate will be setting up a coding hotline for ICD-10 questions closer to the October launch date. Specific coding questions from Upstate providers may be asked by calling 464-7809 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- E-mail your coding or help desk questions to ICDfirstname.lastname@example.org.