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Beware of ICD-10 shortcuts: The case against crosswalking

from By Charlotte Bohnett

From March 18: ICD-10 is inherently more sophisticated and specific than ICD-9, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's more complicated. So, why are healthcare professionals pulling their hair out over the mandatory transition to these new codes? Because learning ICD-10 is like learning a new language. If we were going into this with a clean slate — like a newborn babe — perhaps it wouldn't be so tough to learn the language. Unfortunately, the U.S. healthcare industry has relied on ICD-9 codes for more than 30 years. more

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