Generally speaking, the <a href="https://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/tutorial/FAQ-How-will-the-transition-to-ICD-10-codes-affect-health-IT">transition to ICD-10 codes</a> will impact coding professionals more than it will affect physicians. Both will need to undergo extensive training to understand how the new code sets work and how those codes are referred to in the software applications that they use. There will be much greater pressure on coders, though, to ensure that billing information is accurate, both when it is received from clinical departments and when it is sent to payers.
Education is the key step. According to our research on <a href="https://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/tutorial/FAQ-How-should-providers-handle-ICD-10-implementation">ICD-10 implementation</a>, training staff on the new code set and related changes to documentation procedures should take roughly two years -- meaning that, to meet the Oct. 1, 2013 implementation deadline, organizations should have started training in September 2011.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted: January 16, 2012 8:45 pm by Beastwood490 pts.
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