UPDATE ON ICD-10 TIMETABLE
At press time, the U.S. Congress voted to delay implementation of ICD-10 by one year, to October 2015. “It is important to note that ODs now can utilize ICD-10 codes for documentation,” advises Dr. Jens. “This is not a permanent delay, as payers already have begun the process to become compliant, and we need to continue the process of informing ourselves about ICD-10.”
EMBRACE ICD-10. Elevate patient care with more detailed diagnostic descriptions.
BE HANDS ON. Doctor notes must be more detailed–and staff must participate, as well.
UTILIZE ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES. Use electronic lookup and translations from ICD-9.
Scott A. Jens, OD, FAAO, is co-owner of Isthmus Eye Care, with offices in Middleton and Madison, Wis. In addition, Dr. Jens is the CEO of RevolutionEHR, a provider of online-based electronic health records. He can be reached at: email@example.com.