Catch Data Systems Launches 5010 Resource Center

Catch Data Systems has launched, a special website that features resources that can help physicians practices and healthcare organization prepare for the new HIPAA 5010 codes set to take affect Jan. 1, 2012.

Among the resources found on are:

  • 5010 frequently asked questions;
  • Tips to help avoid small traps that can derail even the most carefully planned upgrade;
  • Examples of the 5010 work Catch Data is doing for its customers; and,
  • Technical information provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the 5010 transition.

“Upgrading to 5010 by the deadline is critical for practices and hospitals because if they aren’t ready by Jan. 1, payers will not reimburse them for the care they provide,” said Robert Couture, Jr., co-founder of Catch Data Systems.  “By launching we hope that those who aren’t yet 5010-certified can get the guidance they need and avoid the loss of revenues that are very important to the financial health of many practices and hospitals.” 

Part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the 5010 standards will replace the currently used 4010 codes, requiring more specific data when submitting claims.  Diagnosis codes will change from three to five, mostly numeric codes to three to seven, alphanumeric codes.  This will result in an increase from 13,000 codes currently in use, to 68,000 codes when 5010 takes effect.  Procedure codes will change from a three or four position numeric code to a seven position alphanumeric code and some sections have been reorganized.  These codes will grow from 4,000 to 87,000.

The 5010 standards are a precursor to the adoption of ICD-10, the newest International Classification of Disease codes.  The 4010 codes were unable to support ICD-10.

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