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ICD-10 research reveals physicians’ views

Clinical documentation and reimbursement lead the list of concerns that physicians have about ICD-10, according to new research from the CAREinnoLab of Care Communications, Inc., a provider of health information solutions, and the Department of Health Information Management in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Patty Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, President at Care Communications, Inc., and Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, presented the research findings during an AHIMA Foundation Research Forum at the AHIMA Convention in San Diego.

The research was conducted through physician focus groups and based around eight major content areas:

1. The impact of ICD-10 and electronic health records (EHRs)
2. Billing and reimbursement
3. Clinical documentation improvement (CDI)
4. Data mining
5. Training and development
6. HIM assistance
7. Top priorities
8. Qualitative data were analyzed using NVivo software and qualitative analysis

Physicians indicate 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

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