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ICD-10: Key Changes for Primary Care

ICD-10: Key Changes for Primary Care

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Transitioning successfully to the new ICD-10 code set will be particularly important for primary-care physicians. ICD-10 will allow primary-care specialists to more accurately depict chronic conditions as well as other commonly reported diagnoses.

Physicians will need to be more specific in their documentation than they likely have been in the past. Because there will be a greater number of code choices in ICD-10, physicians should have to choose an unspecified code less often. The greater specificity in diagnostic coding should help improve disease management and reporting overall.

Practices should examine their top diagnoses and compare how those codes will change once ICD-10 goes into effect: Oct. 1, 2015. Here are some diagnoses to which primary-care providers should pay close attention. This is certainly not an all-encompassing list, but is an example of some of the common diagnoses often reported by these physicians.

Converting to ICD-10 may be a challenging transition for many practices. However, it's likely that physicians will recognize its benefits over time. ICD-10 is certainly more complex than its predecessor, but in this changing world of health care economics, its increased specificity should prove beneficial to you and your practice.

To view the slideshow in PDF format, click here.

Mary Jean Sage is president and founder of The Sage Associates a leading multispecialty provider of health care management services. Sage can be contacted at mjsage@thesageassociates.com.

Physicians Practice


These are very helpful, thank you.

Alex @

Do the codes that start October first apply to the day of service or to the day submitted, particularly for Medicare?

Elliott @

This is an excellent resource for primary care.....may I share with my physicians? You always have such great info for primary care. Keep it up! nat

Nancy @

This is the second one in two days where they did not offer the option to download the slides. Please ask your contributors to permit/enable this. They still get credit for their work if it's embedded in the slides but since the content is not included in the article above, it is difficult to save a good article for future reference.

R @

The PDF format has nothing to do with credit to the author, but more the fact that other readers weren't accessing the content in this format vs. the slideshow.

However, we added the PDF link above for you and other readers. All you have to do is ask nicely :)

Thanks for your interest and readership.

Keith L. Martin
Physicians Practice

Keith @

it would be nice if these slides were full page

Katherine @

If you are somewhat proficient with Word, you can accomplish either full page or 2 slides per page in about 5 minutes. Right click on the image and select Save Image, then paste into Word. For full size, you just need to change the page layout to Landscape and resize the images. For 2/pg, I set the document margins to Narrow and 2 slides fit one Portrait page like a glove.
P.S. I hope this does not infringe on any copyright protection, but since some sites forbid the copying of images, it must be OK if I'm allowed to do it. :-)

Kathy @

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