Physicians Practice: ICD-10: Next Steps for Physicians’ Practices

With the ICD-10 implementation date back on everyone’s radar it’s time to look ahead and begin planning for 2014. AAPC ICD-10 specialist Jackie Stack, BSHA, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CPEDC, CCP-P recently wrote on this subject for the Physicians Practice blog.

“Documentation to meet the transition will be one of the biggest changes and challenges with ICD-10-CM. You should begin to prepare now! Coders and physicians do not always speak the same language, so they need to work together to improve the clinical documentation and be able to code the specificity that ICD-10-CM requires,” she wrote. “Coders should update their anatomy and pathophysiology knowledge and make sure they have a good understand of disease processes. Now is a great time for coders to update their skills.”

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