Common ICD-10 Misconceptions

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There are many theories related to ICD-10.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common misconceptions to keep you informed and ready.

The compliance deadline will be postponed again

The Department of Health and Human Services has already delayed this transition every year since September 2012.  The most recent delay was April 2015 with the passing of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act.  It is very unlikely to happen again and we should all be well-prepared for October 1, 2015.

Existing practice management software can accommodate the change

All users must upgrade their TheraOffice software to accommodate the change.  Additionally, Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.  All computers must run Windows Vista or higher to upgrade.


Upgrading my software to be ICD-10 ready is too complicated

TheraOffice is ready and able to help you get the most out of your ICD-10 transition.  Our staff is on standby to walk your clinic through each step of your software upgrade.  Contact our support team with questions or issues throughout the entire process.


ICD-10 Includes too many new codes

There is a large advantage to the specificity of ICD-10 codes. These codes include clear-cut choices for the searcher’s benefit, leaving little room for error or uncertainty. Also, they are attained the exact same way as ICD-9 codes.


The increased number of codes will make ICD-10-CM impossible to use

The thought of such a large increase in codes can be intimidating.  However, the specificity of these codes increases the ease in locating the correct code.  The improved structure gives a faster coding selection and leaves little room for error or guessing.


There is no need to plan or budget for the transition

The ICD-10 transition will impact all people, processes and systems of clinics across the country. Each clinic must ensure their upgraded software is installed and tested, training should be coordinated, and all forms and paperwork need to be updated. These are crucial steps to ensure a smooth and effective transition to ICD-10 in October.


My software vendor will handle the transition

While TheraOffice is here to help ease each clinic’s transition to ICD-10, that is not the only step. Staff members must be well versed in the following: preparation, implementation, adoption and optimization.


Providers / Physicians don’t have to be involved. ICD-10 only affects the coders

The transition to ICD-10 affects every person throughout your organization that is covered by HIPPA.  Every person must be trained.


The ICD-10 transition will be completely digital, without any hard-copy coding books

ICD-10 information is not predicated on electronic hardware. There are plenty of resources available including code books in manageable sizes.


The U.S. healthcare system will be a role model during ICD-10 conversations

The U.S. is actually playing catch up with other countries. We are one of the last to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes and will need to look to other countries for resources and examples. This is also part of the reason we will not be waiting for ICD-11 to be implemented.