This week, I have been in ICD 10 hell.
I understand needing a new coding system to address new diseases or whatever. (Actually, I don't entirely understand.) But so far, it's been a big pain in the butt.
One problem that I see right off is that it seems to expect us to have much greater knowledge than we actually have. If a person had a stroke, you have to know the exact reason why they had the stroke. Ditto with any other medical condition. Because medical knowledge is apparently perfect.
Also, the diagnoses are ridiculously long. Take E08.329, which is:
"Diabetes mellitus due to underlying condition with severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy without macular edema"
It took reading that three times just to absorb what it actually meant, much less figure out if it applies to my patient. It seems like the goal of this coding system is to make our heads hurt. If that's the case, it has succeeded big-time.