Apparently CMS believes you can never get enough of a good thing, so the agency has decided to add about 1,900 new diagnosis codes to ICD-10-CM this fall. Some may greet this news with an eye-roll or, worse, a minor panic attack. But according to a story in Health Data Management, the new ICD-10 codes are “not likely to burden most providers.”
That’s certainly true for users of PatientKeeper Charge Capture software, for whom a relevant new code simply will appear on a list of options when a physician enters a closely related diagnosis. This latest ICD-10 milestone is likely to pass as uneventfully as the original go-live last October did. In the words of Kathie DeLise, the PatientKeeper project manager at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York:
“We spent about two years testing in PatientKeeper… and the funny thing was after October 1 we kind of felt it was a non-event. Overall PatientKeeper was solid gold for us for ICD-10.”
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