2 Av, 5773
It's a somber time on the Jewish calendar, the first 9 Days of Av. They culminate on a day on which we pray very hard to continue to improve our characters and to earn the Messianic era.
In my day-to-day life of pursuing knowledge about medical information to benefit my readers, I took a hard look at this April news item from MedPage Today some time ago:
Docs’ Charting Falls Short of ICD-10 Demands
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearly 65% of clinical documentation doesn’t contain enough information for coders to use for billing under the upcoming ICD-10coding system, a survey of patient charts found.full story
I understood a serious need to know
what ICD-10 coding portends for us mortals.
Today I enrolled in a Health Information Management aka Medical Coding Skills course in which I'll learn ICD-10 medical coding. It becomes effective in October 2014.
Controversial and PRICEY Obamacare probably goes into effect after mid-term 2014 elections. Some timing for a Healthcare Affordability Act, hmmm?
Medical coding, by the way, is a means of translating entire medical records into a series of numbers. Those numbers tell insurers, medical researchers and other people in the medical world
- Exactly what the patient suffered from,
- What was done to relieve their situation, and
- What failed
without having to read lots and lots and LOTS of medical documents.
Medical coding is a sophisticated method of communication that accomplishes many positive purposes. I've only given you a brief overview of all that in this blogpost.
Let me know if you have questions about the forthcoming changes to worldwide medical coding practices. I'll answer them if I can.
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