Starting on October 1, 2015, ICD-10 code sets will replace those of ICD-9. As a result, there will be a host of effects that providers/coders will have to take into account when deciding how to become ICD-10 ready:
- Time, money and manpower required to train staff
- Greater specificity required in documentation by physicians
- Coders that don’t want to learn a new set of codes and would rather retire instead
- Coders needing a more detailed understanding of anatomy and physiology for the parts of the body for which they are coding (as ICD-10-CM does not contain eponyms or unspecified codes)
The AAPC conducted a study over the first half of 2013 in which they found only 63% of documentation by providers contained the requisite information to code properly for ICD-10. That leaves 37% of current documentation as deficient.
As you can tell, the challenges posed by ICD-10 are numerous and daunting. However, we here at The Coding Network can help you in your efforts to be ICD-10 ready. Click below for more information on our:
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