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AAPC: Physician Practices Should Start Planning Now for ICD-10

Physician practices must start preparing now for the implementation of ICD-10 codes, according to an article published in the March edition of Physicians Practice Options.

Rhonda Buckholz, vice president of business and member development for AAPC, wrote in the article that the transition to ICD-10 will affect every function performed in a medical practice. "Practices will have to revise their super bills or eliminate paper super bills altogether," she wrote.

She said learning ICD-10 codes now would be a waste of time because the code system is still an "unstable environment." Instead, physicians should reach outside their practices and discuss the necessary steps for transition with experts and other providers.

Read the AAPC release on preparing for ICD-10.

Read more on ICD-10:  

-ICD-10 Coders May Never Regain ICD-9 Levels of Productivity

-CMS Prepares to Survey Providers on ICD-10, 5010

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