Code Worry: Docs say ICD-10 implementation carries hefty cost

Article Written By: Joseph Conn and Andis Robeznieks   Taken From:  Modern Healthcare

With 16 months left before the CMS expects the healthcare industry to flip the switch to ICD-10, physicians are still expressing significant worries with the readiness of the technology that has to be upgraded to pull it off. They’re also signaling resignation that the long-delayed conversion will really happen this time.

In a survey of more than 1,000 office-based physician practices by the trade group MGMA, more than half of the respondents indicated they were “very concerned” about the overall cost of the conversion to the new diagnosis and procedure codes, scheduled for Oct. 1, 2014.

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