‘Change is constant’! No matter in what context we use this phrase, it does tend to give us chills. Human tendency is to try and avoid change as far as possible. However, there’s not always a choice. The unwillingness to accept ‘change’ is what makes life more difficult. The recent implementation ICD-10 is the perfect example.
It’s not about ICD-10 and its numerous codes; but the reluctance to accept the process change which has been a cause for concern. In 1979, the introduction of ICD-9 created quite a furor as well. Interestingly, the change then was more apparent – only 20% of hospitals and 5% of clinics used EMRs!
Many specialists argue over the exaggeration of codes in ICD-10. There hasn’t been an increase in the number of organs and limbs since the advent of ICD-9; but the types and number of diagnosed diseases has definitely increased tenfold. It comes as no surprise that coders needed new ways to specify abnormalities/issues in the human body. If the number of codes has increased, it is because diagnoses, causes and treatments have increased as well.
One cannot deny that with the number of codes in ICD-10, the chances of errors have increased. Over time, as one gets used to the new coding system, these errors shall definitely reduce. Embracing the change and taking steps to ensure successful medical coding management is a smart way to deal with the situation. If you are looking at enlisting external help, connect with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 898 0709 – MedConverge’s ICD-10 CodeAssist service can aid in answering all your questions and concerns regarding ICD-10.