4 Ways Physician Involvement Will Improve ICD-10 Implementation
1. Minimize memorization. A number of codes are increasing exponentially from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Increased anatomic specificity from physicians can help minimize the number of digits coders need to memorize.
2. Avoid medical coder queries. Physicians will need to improve clinical documentation on the front end. It will be a much more onerous task for coders to go back and retrieve information they were not provided with originally. Engage medical leadership for a smoother transition.
3. Encourage physicians to teach themselves. Typically, physicians have a difficult time learning from coders, said Paul Weygandt of Nuance Healthcare. To keep physicians interested and engaged, reduce the complexity of the education and encourage physicians to learn from their peers.
4. Choose technology wisely. Only add technology that fits into the physician workflow. Most physicians prefer spoken communication to data entry, in which case natural language processing can be productive.
More Articles on Coding, Billing and Collections:
Get Nurses on Board for Successful EHR Adoption
Long-Term Care Costs Rose More than 3% in 2012
CareCredit Completes Redesign of Website
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2017. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
- Non-Medicaid expansion states could gain up to $27.9B in savings by expanding program: 4 takeaways
- Senate committee advances vote on Trump's FDA pick Dr. Scott Gottlieb
- GI leader to know: Dr. Michael Sagatelian of Palmetto Digestive Health Specialists
- Drs. Todd Baron & Kevin Collier: 2 GI physicians in the headlines
- New Century Spine and Outpatient Surgical Institute installs Indigo-Clean disinfecting lights