Beaverlog Tips:  Volume 62 - January 6, 2014

The THERAPIST Pro 3.0 News

We are almost ready to release The THERAPIST Pro 3.0. We are doing our final testing and have found a few issues that we want to correct before we send it out to customers. We are hoping to wrap those up this week and get it into your hands as quickly thereafter as possible.

New CMS-1500 Form

For those of you who are unaware, there is a new CMS-1500 form. It has a date on the bottom of 02-12 instead of 08-05 for the most immediately previous form. Today begins a three-month transion period where you can use either the new or the old form. After April 1, payers will start rejecting claims that come in on the old form.

We have completed work on new versions of The THERAPIST EZ and Aeris Basic that support the new forms and will be announcing their availability in the next few days. The THERAPIST Pro 3.0 also supports the new forms.

DSM5, ICD-9, and ICD-10

There has been a lot of confusion about codes for the DSM5 (note the new way to write it with no dash and no roman numerals). A couple of things seem to be causing most of the confusion. First is the fact that DSM-IV originally used a set of diagnosis codes that were almost but not quite identical to ICD-9 diagnosis codes. Along came HIPAA with the requirement that claims had to use the ICD-9 codes. Fortunately, the codes were close enough that it didn't cause any problems.

In the DSM5 which came out in May 2013, the diagnosis codes specified are from the ICD-9 list but only for dates of service through September 30, 2014. For dates of service starting on October 1, 2014, you must use the ICD-10 codes. These codes are completely different than the ICD-9 codes. As of this writing, there is no transition period where either code set can be used. To add to the uncertainty, there is talk about pushing back the October 1, 2014 date but we haven't heard anything from officials about whether it is under serious consideration.

We will soon have available the 2014 Codes Module add-on for The THERAPIST Pro, The THERAPIST EZ, and Aeris Basic. This will be a special version of the Codes Module because it will do much more than install the latest codes into your system. It will actually have the ability, if you choose to use it, to convert your patient diagnosis from the ICD-9 codes to the corresponding ICD-10 codes. This will save you or your staff many hours of work. We'll write more about that when we announce the availability of the new 2014 Codes Module later this month. But, in the mean time, don't panic. You really won't need it until later in the year.