Lessons learned from the ICD-10 transition
Jeanne Hungerpiller, MD
Biggest ICD-10 obstacle (to date): Ensuring that the ICD-10 code chosen is the most accurate one to replace the old ICD-9 code (mainly this happens when coding for Type 2 DM), and keeping my temper from flaring due to the amount of time I waste doing this.
Easiest ICD-10 obstacle (to date): Using our EHR’s search function to convert ICD-9 to ICD-10.
I was smart to invest my money / my practice's money in TRAINING to assist with ICD-10. We used our software vendor as well as outside sources.
True or false: My practice would have been ready for the Oct. 1, 2014 launch date: False
Most used ICD-10 code at my practice: I10 (Hypertension)
Favorite ICD-10 code: Any of the ridiculous accident-related codes. Why do the ER docs get all the fun?
Least favorite ICD-10 code: E11 (Type 2 diabetes mellitus and all its million variations)
Best piece of advice to peers struggling with ICD-10: Just wait—I think it may get worse when the insurance companies start getting pickier about precision in coding (sorry, I don’t think that’s what they want to hear, but I think it will be the case. I think anyone who isn’t feeling like they are struggling now is in for a bit of a surprise in the not-too-distant future).
Are you ready for ICD-11? Oh, dear god, no!