ICD-10, the major medical coding overhaul scheduled to be required by Medicare in 2013, has been compared with both Y2K and the coming of HIPAA in its impact on billing systems and health information technology in general. While it will enable all kinds of in-depth data analysis that is impossible with the current ICD-9 system, it promises to be a major project involving both reprogramming and reeducation.
Canada has been using ICD-10 since 1994 (along with the rest of the industrialized world), and Chris Wierz, who used to be a consultant with the Courtyard Group in Toronto, will discuss what the transition was like and what U.S. providers can learn from their counterparts to the North.
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