Not everything you read about ICD-10 is true. I know, it’s shocking. Sarcasm aside, I feel it is an important point to make since there is a lot of information floating out there about ICD-10 and it takes a level of discernment to ascertain what is the truth and what may just be someone’s idea of the truth.
Case in point: I read the following headline:
“Move to ICD-10 will hurt low-margin practices, study finds” – Modern Healthcare, June 2, 2014
The article refers to a study that was done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and published in the journal of American Academy of Pediatrics. I had actually read the study a couple of months prior to the publication of this article and found it to be a good example of the financial impacts that can arise when there is a reliance on translation tools. I’ve covered the topic of translation in a previous article and feel with articles like the Modern Healthcare one cited above, it may be a good time to revisit translation to quell any anxiety that may come from it—or provide an antidote to any justification for not implementing ICD-10.