For 30 years, ICD-9 codes have been used throughout the medical industry. Certainly it is a painful process to convert to ICD-10, and one that has generated a great deal of resistance. But common sense dictates that a system which doesn't recognize medical discoveries and advancements made in the last 30 years needs an upgrade. Conversion will entail far more than simple code translation. In order to maximize the benefits of the richer coding system, each aspect of the medical operation must be carefully examined to ensure that it captures and uses codes that accurately describe all diagnoses and procedures.
Medical transcription continues to be an important service, despite the increase in electronic health record (EHR) software's automated creation of physician reports. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasingly focusing on practices for report cloning and up-coding. With that, we may see a return to increased use of transcription services. It is crucial that medical practitioners choose a transcription service that is dependable, accurate, economical and has a timely turn-around process.
There are many orthopedic coding that will come with the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10.This free guide will help you understand ICD-10, prepare for it, and give you the resources to guide your transition.