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6 Steps to Prepare for ICD-10's Detailed Code Set

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Preparing for the additional codes of ICD-10 can seem daunting, but analyzing codes you use for ICD-9 is a place to start, according to PhysBizTech.

Here are six steps for preparing for a more detailed code set.

1. Identify which diagnoses you most frequently code.

2. Use the ICD-10 code book or a similar software tool to find the best match for those diagnoses.

3. Identify the words physicians use to describe routine protocols to billers and coders.

4. Determine clear protocols for entering key words, medical notes and content in medical records.

5. Discuss changes to clinical documentation that may be required for ICD-10 codes.

6. Share your ICD-10 code interpretation from testing with colleagues to minimize confusion and miscommunication.

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