New CAREinnoLab Research Reveals Physicians’ Views about ICD-10

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Physicians expressed their opinions about ICD-10 impact and how health information professionals can help.

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New research released by the CAREinnoLab titled “Physicians' Outlook on the ICD-10-CM/PCS System and its Effect on Their Practice” has revealed that when it comes to the ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015 physicians are most concerned with the level of clinical documentation needed and the potential impact on insurance reimbursements. The findings were presented by Patty Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, President at Care Communications, Inc. and Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, during the AHIMA Foundation Research Forum at the AHIMA Convention in San Diego.

The research was conducted through focus groups, with 12 physicians representing multiple specialties agreeing to participate. The moderators of the focus groups were a physician and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. Question types included engagement, exploration and exit questions, such as “What do you know about ICD-10?” and “How has your office/organization begun preparing for the transition?”

Through the research, physicians indicated that health information professionals can assist them in preparing for ICD-10 in the following ways:

  •     Creating a crosswalk of codes to convert to ICD-10 by specialty
  •     Identifying changes in documentation
  •     Listing the 10 most common diagnoses and documentation needs
  •     Having an "ICD-10 for Dummies" by specialty
  •     Explaining why claims are being rejected
  •     Educating billers and coders on how to maximize reimbursement
  •     Feeding them information and making it more efficient
  •     Providing training appropriate for physicians
  •     Developing a crosswalk between DSM and ICD-10

More information about the research and findings is available at “Physicians Views Regarding ICD-10 Presented at AHIMA Convention.”

The CAREinnoLab was formed in 2013 with the purpose of conducting ongoing research and objective analysis in the field of health care data quality and health information management. The research is designed to determine innovative best practices that when adopted can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care system.

About Care Communications, Inc.
Care Communications is a nationally recognized data quality leader and has served the needs of leading health care organizations since 1976. Care Communications offers the industry’s most comprehensive suite of data quality consulting and outsourcing services, including medical coding production, audits and education, ICD-10 services, EHR data quality and integrity services, interim management, cancer registry, clinical research support and leadership development. Care Communications has been a preferred vendor for Novation since 2007 and has been an Elite Award winner as one of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” since 2008.

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