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ICD-10: Not an efficiency triumph


Seth Bilazarian, M.D., is not exactly optimistic about ICD-10 implementation.

He concludes:

“The claim that there’ll be a reduction of the need for extra documentation to describe a patient’s condition to satisfy reimbursement —not likely. It will streamline patient system design—not likely. It’ll be more efficient and less cumbersome for healthcare delivery systems—absolutely not. The promise of major benefits that relate to the EMR and collection and storage of data—no. Prevention of fraud and abuse? I don’t really understand how a more complex coding system can help with that. There may, of course, be some improved tracking of public health; I certainly think that that’s a possibility.”

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