Hospitals are paid based on ICD codes so they will push providers to get as specific as possible.
The word in the industry is the insurance carriers are going to kick the unspecified ICD-10 codes. Whether or not that is true is unknown, we will have to wait and see.
Specificity is going to be highlighted big time in ICD-10 and while the professional side is not technically paid based on dx if the providers have to re-do documentation in order to support the new codes then that will cause them to lose financially. Re-work is not fun for anyone and providers are very time sensitive so going at it from that angle would be an accurate way to tie it to reimbursement. If that is the approach you are wanting to take.
Hope that helps,
Laura, CPC, CPMA, CEMC
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