With constant payer rules, regulation, and guideline changes, dermatology coding and billing has evolved tremendously. 2013 is no exception; however, because there are very limited revisions to dermatology-related current procedural terminology codes and ICD-9-CM code updates are frozen because of the impending transition to ICD-10-CM, 2103 is turning out to be a good year for dermatology. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced the extension to ICD-10 compliance dates to allow the healthcare industry enough time to prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
Faith C. M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Coding & Reimbursement/Government Affairs, American Academy of Dermatology, Schaumburg, Illinois.
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Faith C. M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Manager, Coding & Reimbursement/Government Affairs, American Academy of Dermatology, 930 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org