Recommendations to Educate Doctors on ICD-10 | ICD 10 Question

Recommendations to Educate Doctors on ICD-10 | ICD 10 Question

September 24, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Q: (ICD-10) – For ICD-10, what service would
you recommend to use to educate doctors regarding their documentation? Shouldn’t I know about
ICD-9 before learning ICD-10? – Kind of combo question, you want to take
that one, Alicia? Alicia: First, you want to know ICD-9 and
ICD-10. I like to refer, use an example of that by saying, when someone learns to drive,
if they learned to drive on a five speed, which would be like ICD-9, they have no trouble
driving on automatic Cadillac, and that’s what ICD-10 is. If you learned to drive on
a Cadillac that’s an automatic, you’re going to struggle driving a five speed, and
you’re going to be popping the clutch and grinding the gears. So, that’s the way it
is. If you know ICD-9, ICD-10 is going to be really easy and you’re going to really
enjoy it. If you learned in ICD-10 and you don’t know ICD-9, you’re still going to
have to use ICD-9 for a while; you might struggle a little bit. Now, about documentation for your physicians,
there are several places that you can go to get education for your physicians for documentation.
One of the things that I would do is tell them, it would be a good idea to pick up an
ICD-10 class. They don’t have to deal in coding all the time, but if they’re serious,
then just picking up on ICD-10 classes is going to be very beneficial to them. And we
have just ICD-10 by itself. They can go through it pretty quickly because the purpose is not
to be coding constantly, it will allow them to see the documentation that they need to
make it easier for their coders to code to the highest specificity and that’s what
everybody wants. So, that’s what I would suggest that they do. In addition, what they could do and they should
be able to breeze through it pretty quickly is take, like, Medical Terminology and Anatomy
class for ICD-10 which we just happen to have as well. Because then they’re seeing again,
the lingo and the terminology that is very specific for ICD-10. So, that would be my
suggestions.