The Ups and Downs of ICD 10

The winds of change are blowing through the world of health care. Every HIPAA-compliant health-care practice will inevitably have to switch to using ICD 10 (International Classification of Diseases 10) codes. Although initial adjustment is bound to be difficult, most practitioners will eventually appreciate the precision of the new coding system.

To the lion’s share of practitioners, the disadvantages of ICD 10 are all too clear. A five-fold increase in the number of codes, coupled with an accompanying leap in the level of complexity of each code, will force clinicians and coders to entirely relearn the business of submissions. On top of that, the demand for greater specificity in describing their services seems to increase the risk of denials. Continue reading