Here are some diagnoses primary-care physicians should pay attention to in order to code correctly and get properly reimbursed.
Transitioning successfully to the new ICD-10 code setÂ will be particularly important for primary-care physicians.Â ICD-10 will allow primary-care specialists to moreÂ accurately depict chronic conditions as well as otherÂ commonly reported diagnoses.Physicians will need to be more specific in theirÂ documentation than they likely have been in the past.Â Because there will be a greater number of code choicesÂ in ICD-10, physicians should have to choose anÂ unspecified code less often. The greater specificityÂ in diagnostic coding should help improve diseaseÂ management and reporting overall.Practices should examine their top diagnoses and compareÂ how those codes will change once ICD-10 goes intoÂ effect: Oct. 1, 2015. Here are some diagnoses to whichÂ primary-care providers should pay close attention. This isÂ certainly not an all-encompassing list, but is an example ofÂ some of the common diagnoses often reported by these physicians.Converting to ICD-10 may be a challenging transitionÂ for many practices. However, it's likely that physicians willÂ recognize its benefits over time. ICD-10 is certainlyÂ more complex than its predecessor, but in this changingÂ world of health care economics, its increased specificityÂ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.