Recently I was asked to respond to physician criticism of the transition to ICD-10. While there are legitimate concerns regarding the costs of the transition, the majority of issues being raised by physicians of late reflect a lack of knowledge about the system.

Such criticism reminds me of the now-infamous quote from Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader in 2010, regarding President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Perhaps, before taking issue with ICD-10, physicians should actually know what is in it. For those physicians who have studied ICD-10 extensively, the overall impression among them is that it is a vast improvement over ICD-9. The most common criticism, the increased number of codes, should be addressed first.

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