As we hurtle toward the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 implementation date, it seems more and more focus is on the outlandish, rather than the key documentation issues for physicians and coders. My grave concern is that the current “insanity” is such an unfortunate distraction at such a critical time.

In the past week alone, I have been contacted by upset physicians, listened to an informed Medicare beneficiary express concern on the related healthcare costs, heard stories of a group of professionals very publically making fun of ICD-10, and listened to some of the best coders I know angst over the embarrassment of how ICD-10 is being advertised and how negatively that reflects on their professionalism and expertise. I agree with every one of them! More frightening is why and how every one of those people, from all over the United States, heard the “bit by a turtle in a mobile home” story! It is truly a story sweeping the nation.

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