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    Even more ICD-10 codes on their way

     

    More coding than care

    Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, is a family doctor in private practice in South River, New Jersey, who does much of her own billing. She is among many clinicians who feel the new codes are not needed. As a family practitioner, Girgis sees a whole host of diseases but with more than 70,000 codes in total, there’s no way she can memorize all she needs to know.

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    “It now requires me to look up codes every single time and this takes time. I sometimes spend more time trying to figure out the right code to the highest degree of specificity than I did with the patient,” she says. “So, the new coding system is very burdensome to family doctors.”

    The new diagnosis codes will be included in CMS’ Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for FY 2017 scheduled to be released in June 2016, allowing more time for providers to prepare. New generation technologies that can ingest the new codes will be critical in ICD-10 compliance success, as well as achieving financial, operational and quality care goals.

    “Healthcare providers must continue to implement ongoing strategies to update documentation tools, provide documentation and coding education and manage revenue cycle procedures,” Moore says. “Ongoing payer communication will continue to be a challenge for providers as new codes may result in new payer authorization, documentation and reimbursement procedures.”

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    Keith Loria
    Keith Loria is a contributing writer to Medical Economics.

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