ICD-10 Implementation Poses Challenges for Healthcare Providers

CEO of San Diego County Medical Society Gives Tips for Successfully Transitioning to New Coding System in Video Playlist

Napa, California—December 16, 2014—Key information that providers need to know when transitioning to the ICD-10 coding system is presented in the video playlist “ICD-10: Tips for Successful Implementation,” now available on YouTube. These eight videos were produced by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.

The deadline for transitioning to ICD-10 is October 1, 2015—and healthcare professionals must take many steps to get ready. If not properly implemented, ICD-10 could greatly affect reimbursement for medical practices. These videos feature Tom Gehring, chief executive officer of the San Diego County Medical Society, which exclusively endorses The Doctors Company as the preferred malpractice insurer for its members.

In the playlist, Mr. Gehring addresses:

  • Why providers can’t afford to wait to update their data system.
  • The differences between ICD-9 codes and ICD-10 codes.
  • What each character in an ICD-10 code stands for, illustrated through a case study.
  • How to avoid pitfalls when transitioning to the new system.
  • The truth behind ICD-10 myths.
  • How to mitigate the impact of ICD-10 on a practice’s bottom line and cash flow.
  • How providers can protect their practice if vendors fail to successfully implement ICD-10.
  • How to help staff members adapt to the new system.

“The Doctors Company is committed to providing vital information to help medical practices successfully navigate changes in the business and practice of medicine,” said Stacy Schultz, senior vice president of marketing, The Doctors Company. “We are proud to partner with Mr. Gehring and the San Diego County Medical Society to provide these resources on this important topic.”

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