ICD-10: 3 Myths Debunked

ICD-10 has been shrouded in myths since the coding system first came to fruition several years ago, and in an article at ICD10monitor, Thomas Ormondroyd, vice president of Precyse Learning Solutions, dispelled three of the prominent myths.

1. Myth: The documentation required by ICD-10 will make the medical record a mess. A lot of emphasis is being placed on increased, burdensome documentation, but Mr. Ormondroyd said in most cases, only a few extra words per condition will be necessary.

2. Myth: All codes in ICD-10-CM will be "complex, seven-character codes." Mr. Ormondroyd wrote the most common code length in ICD-10-CM is four characters, meaning many entries in ICD-10-CM "will actually be shorter than its ICD-9-CM counterpart."

3. Myth: Unknown and unnecessary details of a patient's condition are required knowledge in ICD-10. While ICD-10 will expand a hospital's code base, every coder will not have to memorize every code. Mr. Ormondroyd said CMS officials compared ICD-10 to a phone book: "All the numbers are in there. Are you going to call all of the numbers? No. But the numbers you need are in there," according to the article.

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