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ICD-10 preparation only requires curiosity for now

January 25, 2013

By Charles B. Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel medical records consultant

ICD-10 will replace ICD-9 on Oct. 1, 2014. That is still nearly two years away, so it is important to be curious about the new system while not worrying or spending a lot of time or money on early preparation.

There are many vendors out who would love to help you get ready early, but for now it’s more important that you are extremely accurate in your use of current references, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT© American Medical Association), International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, and the Documentation Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management Services, 1997.

Your commitment to those three references will assist you in creating excellent patient records and in accurate choices of codes to report your services…time and effort well spent.

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