If you think you have lots of time yet to perform ICD-10 testing on your Radiation Oncology coding, billing and collections, think again. CMS will not be performing end-to-end testing of ICD-10-CM and PCS fee-for-service. That means there’s added burden that rests squarely on your shoulders—unless you have an independent, third party medical coding and billing partner with special expertise in the ICD-10 transition. It’s time to re-examine where you are in the process, and if additional support is needed to help you prepare and allocate adequate time to perform all the testing steps necessary to assure your readiness by Oct. 1, 2014.

During your ICD-10 preparations and testing, it is important to pay particular attention to characters 3-6, as these specify the radiation, treatment type, modality and radioactive isotope.

There are now seven characters in an ICD-10-PCS code, which is broken down as:

Character 1 Section
Character 2 Body System
Character 3 Root Type
Character 4 Treatment Site
Character 5 Modality Qualifier
Character 6 Isotope
Character 7 Qualifier

For radiation oncology services, the first character is “D.”

Character selection includes:

Character 3 (Root Type) — Specifies the basic modality (beam radiation, brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and other radiation).
Character 4 (Treatment Site) — Specifies the treatment site that is the radiation therapy’s target location.
Character 5 (Modality Qualify) — Further specifies the treatment modality, which includes photons, electrons, heavy particles, and contact radiation.
Character 6 (Isotope) — Describes the radioactive isotope administered in the oncology treatment.

The following example puts this all in perspective:

You receive a claim that describes brachytherapy of the prostate with high dose rate (HDR) using Cesium 137. In ICD-10-PCS, how should you report this?

Answer: DV1097Z.

What’s the take away? If you’re not well on the road to being ready for this transition, the time is now to have the most experienced radiation oncology medical coding and billing team in place to help ensure your smooth transition. It’s times like these, when ICD-10 is looming overhead, that you might need to rethink your ICD-10 process and your medical coding, billing, and collections.

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