” For example, the way doctors record a patient’s medical problem or disease is going to drastically change next year…The International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10) contains 141,060 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures. That’s a 712 percent increase over the 19,817 code sets in the currently used ICD-9 version. With the stop and go implementation of the ACA and an unending deluge of administrative changes in Medicare payment, 141,000 new codes could not come at a worse time for our doctors. As we have noted before, physicians are already spending 22 percent of their time.”
When they are tethered to the electronic health record,
Which the government and CMS say cannot be ignored?
And what about those 141,000 new ICD-10 codes?
The codes will add more to doctor paperwork loads.
Increased time spend on this thing called compliance,
Means less time expended on the doctor-patient alliance.