Doctors learn new coding language for diagnosis

4 years 11 months 2 hours ago Thursday, October 22 2015 Oct 22, 2015 Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:03:53 PM CDT October 22, 2015 in News
By: Yoshi Haynie, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new set of coding changed the medical world October 1. Doctors around the nation would now have to change the way they refer to certain illnesses, diseases, injuries, etc. The new codes are called ICD-10 (International Classification of Disease). 

Doctors and nurses have anticipated this change for years. The change was supposed to occur October 1, 2014 and the U.S. are actually the last among the countries to jump on the ICD-10 bandwagon. But one doctor who helped with MU Health's transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 said the change was imperative. 

"It's important because it allows us to be much more specific," Dr. Thomas Selva said. "And that's important because when you're trying to look at entire populations and get an idea, are disease outbreaks occuring in specific areas, you can do that very fast with computers when you have digitized information in the form of codes."

The new codes have quadrupled in size, jumping from 15,000 codes to more than 65,000 in diagnosis codes alone. For doctoral and hospital procedure codes they've jumped from 3,000 to almost 100,000. There's a code for everything, Selva said, describing injuries anywhere from falling in an engine jet to being bitten by a alligator.

Selva also said a new system was in order because the old coding system ICD-9 had no room for any more codes, which left doctors in a stagnant state.

So why was the United States so many years behind in the change? 

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that uses these codes and partners them with billing. 

For the ones responsible for the actual transcribing of doctor notes and working hand in hand with the new codes, life has been a bit shaky.

Interim Assitant Director for Professional Coding and Revenue Christine Pfeifer said it's going to take time for her and the team of coders to adjust to the new change. 

"It is slowing down productivity a little bit, but that's because the team doesn't have the codes memorized," Pfeifer said. "It's a part of change, I tried to tell my team that change is okay and that change is the only inevitable thing in health care."

Pfeifer said she expected a 50 percent drop in productivity when the new codes released. 

The coders are also responsible for sending the diagnosis codes to insurance companies for billing, and due to the new changes Pfeifer said patients could see some delays in the billing process, but she said that patients could help in speeding up the process.

"Just be very open and honest and specific with your physician because we need that documentation in order to submit the bill," Pfeifer said. 

Overall Pfeifer said she's excited about the new change and she's learned a lot. She hopes her team can adjust quickly and get back in the swing of things. 

More News

Grid
List
Washington (AP) - The body of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court this week,... More >>
21 minutes ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 11:21:01 AM CDT September 21, 2020 in News
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban St. Louis say a man was fatally shot over the weekend at an... More >>
32 minutes ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 11:09:56 AM CDT September 21, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 9:02:00 AM CDT September 21, 2020 in News
MU adds casing to protect Thomas Jefferson tombstone A clear casing was added to Thomas Jefferson's tombstone at... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 4:42:00 AM CDT September 21, 2020 in Top Stories
HOWARD COUNTY - After four elections running unopposed for the Howard County coroner's position, Frank Flaspohler faces new opposition this... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:07:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Heading into the 2020 season, the Battle Spartans had their share of concerns starting the season during the... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in Sports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Health officials say a Chiefs fan who tested positive for COVID-19 one day after attending... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 4:44:24 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A clear casing was added to Thomas Jefferson's tombstone at MU Saturday night. The acrylic vitrine covering... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 4:25:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:11:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Downtown Columbia nightclub Nash Vegas had its operating permit suspended Friday night due to several health violations, according... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:06:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said divers found the body of 73-year-old Dennis Jaeger at... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a shooting incident that left four people injured. According to the Jefferson City... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A driver has been taken to hospital after a single vehicle crash on Saturday night. The... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:40:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left lifelong impressions on two Columbia students. The students, a high... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – While high school football has been happening so far this season in the wake of COVID-19, one part... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Monday night will likely be a long one for the Columbia City Council as it gets another... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old was fatally shot near the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:46:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
12pm 71°
1pm 74°
2pm 76°
3pm 76°