It’s now been 10 months since the rollout of 10th revision of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10), which is used by medical professionals worldwide to consistently code and track new diagnoses.
In the years leading up to the transition, some healthcare professionals were predicting a rocky road for medical practices that had not updated their EHR software or properly trained their staffs on the more than 14,000 codes being added to ICD.
We checked in with doctors in a variety of fields – from general surgery to cardiology to dermatology to find out whether the road to ICD-10 was really perilous as some in the field were predicting. Here’s what the doctors said:
Has ICD-10 been effective? Has the transition to ICD-10 been more or less turbulent than you expected?
We use TotalMD for billing. We purchased a new version that included the ICD-10 codes. There have been no glitches in our billing. Our claims have been paid. It has been a non-issue for us.
– Dr. Mark Pleatman is a general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery.
Yes, it’s been a very effective upgrade for us. We had a smooth transition – much better than expected for all the hype around the transition. It was seamless for us. I still put in the ICD-9 codes that I was used to and the software automatically does the conversion.
– Dr. Cynthia Thaik is the Medical Director for the Holistic Healing Heart Center in Burbank, Calif. The Harvard-trained cardiologist is also a Health & Wellness Speaker and the author of “Your Vibrant Heart.”
If by effective you mean, “has it cost us money to implement and are we able to see fewer patients?” Yes. The transition has been more turbulent than expected as it still remains difficult to find the new codes quickly.
– Todd Jaffe M.D. is the president and owner of Brevard Pain Management in Melbourne, Fla. He is board certified in Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine and subspecialty certified in pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology.
We did not have any major problems switching to ICD-10 – in that sense it was effective. Did it improve patient’s care or our business efficiency? I don’t think there is any difference. The transition has been less turbulent than we expected – we were preparing for it for a while – no major problem finding the codes that would correspond to the ICD-9 codes that we used before.
– Dr. Nickolai Talanin has been published more than 40 times in leading professional journals on issues covering skincare and skin diseases. He currently works as a dermatologist in Centreville, Va.
No, it hasn’t been effective. It has been less turbulent then I expected. We’ve had no rejections and no delays in payment.
– Dr. Ernest Bloom is a Board Certified Dermatologist at California Skin Institute Alameda. He treats both adult and pediatric patients, concentrating on providing the best therapy for medical and cosmetic skin issues.
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Last Updated on August 8, 2016