Starting October 1st, physicians and hospitals will have to be far more specific than ever before when diagnosing problems from visits.

Because of this change to the system, called ICD-10, patients should expect longer than usual times to be billed for their portion. This may even add waits to the doctor’s office when visiting.

To both physicians and their assistants, ICD-10 is like learning a new language. Therefore, it should be expected that a period of adjustment will occur.

The article was originally posted on the Chicago Sun Times. Click here for the original article.