When Your Practice Isn't Ready for ICD-10 Transition: 8 Signs

In a Physicians Practice article, Betsy Nicoletti, founder of Codapedia.com, lays out the signs that indicate your medical practice is not ready to transition to ICD-10.
Here are the eight signs:

1. Your practice hasn't spent a dime to get ready.
2. Your software vendor tells you not to worry.
3. You're using a paper encounter form and select diagnosis codes from it.
4. The software upgrade to an ICD-10 compatible version is scheduled for September 2014.
5. Currently, you have claims denied as "not medically necessary" and/or pre-authorizations for diagnostic tests denied because there is "no covered indication."
6. No cash on hand or available line of credit.
7. You never saw an unspecified diagnosis code you didn't like.
8. Your system allows users to change the definition of an ICD-9 code from the official ICD-9 language to words that are "easier to find" for the clinician.

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