ICD-10 Codes & Costs

The ICD-10 will have 55,000 extra diagnosis codes and the in-patient procedure codes grow to a whopping 87,000 from 11,000 in ICD-9.

Multiply that by the massive effort required in the correct understanding of their usages, and you can very well understand why AMA estimates that the expenses for the conversion would range from a minimum of about $100,000 to a maximum estimate that runs into millions of dollars, even for a small-sized clinic.

Of course, it is doubtful if the above expense includes the costs incurred in the conversion of documents, super bills, and other medical necessity policies at the facility. Also, there is certainly no guarantee that ICD-10 implementation would not slow down your meaningful EMR usage project or boost up its expenses even further.

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