Switching to ICD-10: The impact on physicians

By Lindsay Law and Mary Ann Porucznik

Cost impact could range from $83,000 to $2.7 million per practice

After years of discussion, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized the adoption of the International Classification of Disease-10th Revision (ICD-10) code set, which would replace the current ICD-9 diagnosis and procedure codes. Under the HHS final rule, the switch will be completed by October 1, 2013.

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