By: Rhonda Butler
Believe it or not, you do not need to know or care about how many ICD-10 codes there are. I know this goes against the grain. It is almost the only thing that gets said about ICD-10. Apologies in advance to all of you who already understand that the total number of codes in the system: (1) doesn’t dramatically affect your job, (2) isn’t inherently any more disruptive or costly than any other software upgrade, and (3) is mentioned by consultants and commentators because it is an easy score.
First, a question or two: Did you know how many codes there were in ICD-9 before everyone started comparing? There are roughly 17,000 ICD-9 codes. Do you know and care about each one of them? Of those 17,000, how many get coded every day by your coders?
Here are three reasons why the increased size of ICD-10 will not be an overwhelming burden on your practice.