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Positive Outlook – Issue 3.0 – Aug 2013

ICD-10 is Right Around the Corner – The Risk Impact 

There are 13,000 ICD-9 codes. There are 68,000 ICD-10 codes. It is strongly recommended that our practices work with their EMR vendors to verify that their current systems will accommodate ICD-10 codes. Your system will need to be able to access and assign these new codes. The potential risk is that your EMR won’t be able to support the clinical documentation impact of ICD-10 which could lead to both quality and financial issues. The process must be started now to provide time to mitigate problems before the transition. The best EMR solution will allow for generation of an ICD-10 code based upon chart documentation. A drop-down pick list of codes is not providing a solution.

Please click here – to view CMS’s Implementation Guide for Small & Medium Practices: