11 Sep ICD-10: Don't Freak Out

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Every month in our INVISION Brain Squad survey, we ask you what's on your mind. And for the past few months, we've heard many of you say that the impending ICD-10 adoption is giving you the jitters. One ECP confessed to losing sleep over it; another said it's basically dominating the fall to-do list.

That's why we asked Steve Baker of Eyefinity to write a guest column for our September issue (online now) sharing a few things ECPs can do to prepare for the change. It's always smart to break a big project into small steps, and Steve's advice will help you do that. For example, he writes, "With nearly five times as many codes, ICD-10 is far more complex than ICD-9. Fortunately, most eyecare professionals use a small set of codes most of the time — so you can focus on gaining confidence with ICD-10 versions of the diagnosis codes that you use most, then learn some of the lesser-used codes later."

If you're an avid INVISION reader, you know we try not to get too wonky on any issue, especially issues that are covered much more in depth in other industry magazines. And when we do tackle a complex, angst-laden topic, we try to keep things simple ... and to let you know, "You've Got This."

If you have another topic you'd like to see us address in print or here online -- or if you feel like you have some useful info to impart to your fellow ECPs on any relevant topic -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We welcome guest columns and blog posts of a few hundred words. We can't reply to every email, but we read them all -- and we always enjoy hearing from you. (And if you're an owner or top manager of a U.S. eyecare practice or optical shop and you want to join our Brain Squad, you can do that here.)

Last modified on Thursday, 01 October 2015 22:22
Julie Fanselow

Julie Fanselow is INVISION editor-in-chief. She has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade -- right about the same time she decided she wanted to be a journalist. Coincidence?