MYTHOLOGY OF ICD10 / ICD10 PCS TRANSITION
There is a mythology that considers ICD10/ICD10PCS implementation a daunting and very cumbersome process. The myth has been aggravated by the fact that ICD9 has been around for many decades during which most of the users have gone to schools and worked in facilities. Consequently, they have forgotten that there was a migration from ICD8 to ICD9 but because ICD9 has been used for too long, it has indirectly been taken as standard that may never change.
Let us liken the scenario to what happen just before the millennium when the people of the world were jittery about what would happen to all processes as a result of limitations in information system. They went as far as buying guns, selling their properties and so on. Today, some countries have implemented the ICD10 even though not without challenges while some have not even started thinking about the transition. All countries can come out clean with the transition as long as it has to be done.
There should be no reason why some physicians or facilities may not be ready for the implementation including payers and clearinghouses while nobody should even be thinking at this stage whether to do or not to do. There may be challenges in the areas of information systems and infrastructure but these have their solutions out there. The absence of transition will mean that the physician will pay for coding errors, the patients also will suffer unjustly when services are not covered or in effective.