Doctors Prepare For A Flood Of Paperwork Thanks To HHS

Did you hear about this? Thanks to the Department of Health and Human Services the number of codes health care providers use for classifying injuries, illnesses or conditions is set to explode. Currently there are around 17,000 ICD-9 codes, ICD-10 is going to increase that number to a whopping 140,000. I can’t even imagine the nightmare it’s going to be to get the billing systems updated.

An avalanche of paperwork is about to fall on doctors

Is there a code for that?

Were you hit by a falling kayak? Injured while baking, vacuuming or spending too much time in a deep freeze? Encountered a lamppost for the second time? Were you bitten by a turkey? Never fear, the ICD-10 is here.

Starting this October, your doctor will be required to record precisely whether you were bitten or struck by a parrot, macaw, chicken, turkey, or any “other psittacines,” or encountered any one of 140,000 other specific medical conditions, injuries or diseases.

This will be a significant and disruptive change to the health sector.

Medical providers who participate in Medicare, Medicaid and any other federal health program must follow highly detailed coding requirements to get paid — on top of trying to wade through the mounting complexities of ObamaCare.

For 30 years, the U.S. has used the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9), but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requiring virtually all hospitals, laboratories and medical offices to convert to the more complex ICD-10 coding system on Oct. 1.

Read the whole thing. Of course the government is saying this change won’t be delayed, I guess they think it won’t help Democrats in the fall to do so. But this is so bad that they’re telling doctors to have six months of cash reserves on hand during the transition. How many doctors will just call it quits? As if Obamacare wasn’t bad enough, now this.