Assistance for Physicians as Compliance Regulations Shift
The impending switch to ICD-10 can be a headache for physicians and most healthcare professionals. Losing quality patient care time is a fear for many as focus switches to coding and technical updates. However, we learn in “ICD-10 Essentials for Busy Physicians Who Would Rather Be Doing Something Else: Ophthalmology” on PhysBizTech that help is avalable. Guides such as this one are available to walk healthcare providers through some of the changes.
This particular guide walks through changes in the field of ophthalmology. We learn:
“When a patient has a serious visual impairment, physicians of any specialty who participate in the care of that patient need to know about it. […]
ICD-10 has added quite a bit of detail for describing some of the diseases and disorders of the eye. Others are essentially untouched beyond the ability to specify which eye is affected. Blog space being by definition a virtual cubbyhole, I will just touch on a few of these: glaucoma, cataracts and general codes for characterizing level of vision.”
Implementing an automated system can also help. Access Integrity provides the tools and services necessary for quality assurance and validation of medical coding. This sort of technology will result in tremendous operational cost savings and management capabilities. Healthcare providers can rest easy and focus on patient care and treatments, instead of worrying about compliance during the switch to ICD-10.
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Andrea Hayden, February 04, 2013