What will ICD10 mean to the medical transcription process?
This is a question that I ask anyone and everyone in the healthcare field who might have an opinion on it. Assuming those medical transcription companies that are here today are still on the scene on Oct. 1, 2013 (not having been acquired or retired) I believe ICD10 is going to create an increase in the amount of dictated narrative. It makes sense, right?
I’m going to throw some numbers out because I’ve heard a range of so many different ones but I think these are somewhat in the ballpark: ICD9 has approximately 10,000 codes while ICD10 has 120,000 (I’ve heard as low as 90,000 and as high as 150,000).
This required increase in the detail of the description of medical conditions is going to mean that either there will be more dictation or healthcare providers (primarily doctors) will need to spend that much more time pulling down menus and electronically digging through lists – or both.
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