Three months have passed since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated medical practices transition to ICD-10. Depending on how the transition went, you may have been diagnosed by the same codes being implemented. Irony at its finest.

survey conducted before the Oct. 1 transition deadline reported 65.1% of medical professions were either "Highly" or "Significantly" concerned. Friends and family most likely noticed:

  • Anxiety (F41.9) –  “Do I have to resources to handle this?”
  • Trichotillomania (F63.3) – Pulling hair out of frustration
  • Concussion (S06.0) – Pounding head on desk after months of trial and error

However, data is showing that transition fears may have been a bit irrational. KPMG recently reported, “80 percent of organizations said the transition has proceeded smoothly”.

If the transition went well, you may have categorized with:

  • Angelman Syndrome (Q93.5) – Excessive smiling
  • Hypersomnia (G47.10) – Sleeping easy after months of worry
  • Drunkenness (F10.129) – Conquering the most significant ICD event in 30 years is cause for celebration

If you find the ICD-10 transition is getting the best of you, consider a third party consultant or contact a colleague for advice.

Christine Taxin
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Ardsley New York 10502
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