October 2011
  Thirteenth Edition
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ICD-10 Implementation: Lessons to Learn from Other Countries
Because the United States is one of very few countries in the world who has yet to implement ICD-10 coding, we have the opportunity to learn from the challenges faced by other countries in implementing ICD-10.
Planning and Preparation are the primary keys to success. The preliminary work engaged in by the countries that have gone before us, was to remove data backlogs and create educational opportunities for everyone involved in implementation. The U.S. is unique, in that coding is a requirement for reimbursement, which requires more preparation time in order to avoid costly mistakes and reduce the risk of failing to meet implementation timelines.
Coding of GOUT and its manifestations: ICD-10-CM is a huge change
The countdown clock for ICD-10-CM implementation is ticking day by day, awakening the health care industry to the realization that the implementation deadline is approaching sooner than we think. Effective implementation, seamless claim processing and uninterrupted payment flows, should be the most important goal in the minds of the healthcare delivery staff. Identification of problem areas, strategic planning, effective education and implementation program followed by post-training practice are the keys going to make the implementation successful. It is evident, that from 14,000 plus codes to 68,000 plus codes, the shift is going to bring new disease names, new clinical terminologies, and new conditions, in the ICD-10 environment; a thorough preparation prior to the implementation is the need of the hour.
Consider the following example of a condition in which the new classification is expanded in exponential manner in terms of the number of codes in ICD-10-CM compare to ICD-10-CM.
Gout is defined as a purine and pyrimidine metabolic disorder manifested by hyperuricemia (excess uric acid in blood) and recurrent acute inflammatory arthritis. The metabolic derangement results in deposition of monosodium urate or monohydrate crystals in around the joints, leading to destruction of the joint structures and severe crippling.Gout has the unique distinction of being one of the most commonly recorded medical illnesses throughout history. Gout is almost nine times more common in men than in women.
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