Medical Tuesday Blog
ICD 10 Is Now In Effect
Dr. Rosen: The ICD 10 has arrived. So long to ICD 9, our Classification of Diseases for the past 50-years. What does this transition mean?
Dr. Edwards: It undoubtedly will take longer to code every patient. This is adding time to see each patient.
Dr. Milton: In the real world time is money. In the medical world, spending extra time is a defense to prevent review.
Dr. Ruth: Being reviewed may cause consequences far greater than an adverse malpractice award.
Dr. Michelle: I was reviewed once by Medicare. That was such a tense day that I don’t ever want to go through again.
Dr. Yancy: I don’t think the average American understands what we doctors go through all the time.
Dr. Sam: The average American just thinks we make a lot of money and why do we complain.
Dr. Dave: But just take a look at the doctors that were reviewed and lost. If they did avoid jail time, they more than likely lost most of their income. Many then lose their homes. Some lose their wife and family. They lose their friends. They practically become a pariah—A social outcast.
Dr. Kaleb: This would not occur in my country. India is just too happy to have physicians. They treat us like royalty.
Dr. Patricia: I could handle that.
Dr. Joseph: I just can’t say it often enough. I am so thankful to be retired.
Dr. Ruth: I can hardly wait until I join your ranks.
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