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One of the common themes we hear about the level of clinical documentation needed to support ICD-10 is that it is a major administrative burden that results in large cost impacts on providers. We have heard that this “unfunded mandate” is causing undue financial hardship and detracting from good patient care.

This is the first in a series of pieces that will challenge some of the myths that seem to have gained wide acceptance with certain parts of the healthcare industry. These myths may be positive or negative toward ICD-10. In this author’s view, there are myths on both sides that need to be discussed objectively with a few alternative viewpoints.


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