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Tip: Leveraging technology to manage ICD-10 implementation

APCs Insider, November 20, 2015

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Technology can play a key role in reducing the administrative burden of sending queries to physicians or forcing coders to choose less specific diagnoses. EHR templates are an excellent tool to implement because they remind providers at the point of care to ask patients specific questions.
 
According to AHIMA, the structured note will assist the provider with reminders to ensure his or her documentation is as complete and accurate as appropriate for ICD-10-CM/PCS coding guidelines. In a physician practice, for example, the ability to use different templates will allow the provider to simply choose by specialty (i.e., the "checkup" or "diabetes patient" template) at the start of the encounter.
 
This tip is adapted from “Manage ICD-10 implementation by focusing on productivity and accuracy” in the November issue of Briefings on APCs.



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