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“Isn’t ICD-10 more specific than ICD-9?”

“Didn’t ICD-10 get rid of unspecified codes? “

These are two questions I’ve heard over and over during the period leading up to ICD-10 implementation. And as we near the big day of Oct. 1, 2014, these questions still are popping up in one form or another. These are not simple “yes or no” questions. As with everything in the ICD-10 universe, the answers depend on intent. And it should be understood that the process of coding is not a simple process. Coders are continuously asking themselves, their peers, and their physicians questions in order to reach the most appropriate conclusions. They’re after those conclusions that ensure that not only do their claims sail through the adjudication process, but also that the claims are paid as expected and supported by the documentation. This is the goal.

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