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Tip: Start training physicians for ICD-10-CM now

APCs Insider, July 22, 2011

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Even though the transition to ICD-10-CM seems a long way off, start acquainting physicians with the increased documentation requirements now. Give physicians actual examples to help them understand the current state of their documentation and what needs to change for ICD-10-CM.

Review the top 10 problem areas at your facility and determine where your physicians need the most education. Starting now will give you two years to help your medical staff get up to speed.

Also review your query forms. Revise any preformatted forms so they include ICD-10-CM language. Coders will still be able to code encounters in ICD-9-CM, but they and your physicians will begin to learn what additional information ICD-10-CM will require.

The tip is adapted from “ICD-10-CM prep: Determine documentation trouble spots” in the July issue of Briefings on APCs.

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