Prepping Your Practice for ICD-10

You hear that doctors? ICD-10 is coming! No more delays this time, and the day of reckoning is October 1, 2014. Perhaps it seems a long way off, but be warned, it'll creep up faster than expected, especially for those not prepared for it. Prepared physicians are successful physicians, and here's a way to equip yourself, your practice and your employees when the change comes along. By way of introduction, ICD-10 is a long-awaited change to an old and outdated system. ICD-9-CM was first established in the 1970s and with the proliferation of medical technology, knowledge and general communication, no longer services the 21st Century Physician in a beneficial way. It's running out of codes and it never really had the proper mechanisms to address concepts like reimbursement. It also lacked morbidity coding and leaves many US physicians unable to make accurate predictions and comparisons regarding worldwide disease patterns. To be specific, physicians and their practices will only use ICD-10-CM. They w...

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