Monday, September 21, 2015
October 1st marks the transition to ICD-10. We will roll from using about 13,000 ICD-9 codes to using 68000 ICD-10 codes.
Why? Well, the Europeans do it and ya know they are so much more sophisticated than we are.
Layered on top of a less than successful EMR roll out, this has the potential to be a first rate disaster.
Physician offices will be allowed a year of grace, which may or may not work any better than a cold turkey transition.
For physician offices, the standard will be "close counts." Amazing.
We will be watching this carefully.