Alexander Miller, M.D., a dermatologist in Yorba Linda, Calif., has a simple message for colleagues grappling with the new ICD-10 codes: Don't panic!
"It's just a matter of restructuring one's thinking," Dr. Miller tells Dermatology Times. "It was no problem for us to handle these codes," he says, even in his office that continues to rely on paper health records.
But there are still a number of changes in the codes that affect dermatologists who are seeking reimbursement. And dermatologists will need to put up with the complexities in order to be reimbursed properly.
Dr. Miller spoke about the revisions in an interview with Dermatology Times and at the 2016 CalDerm Symposium, a continuing education seminar offered by the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery.
According to Dr. Miller, these are some lessons that dermatologists and their staffs should remember about the codes, known officially as the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision, which went into effect in October 2015: