Dr. Ari Geselowitz is a State College, Penn.-based radiologist who’s been in practice for three decades since graduating from Penn State University College of Medicine. We recently caught up with Dr. Geselowitz to find out how his practice fared during the transition to ICD-10, here’s what he had to say:
It’s been more than three months since ICD-10 was enacted. Has it been effective?
I have had no major problems with implementation of ICD-10. So far, it has been effective.
Dr. Geselowitz, some practices are finding the transition to ICD-10 challenging. In various specialties such as orthopedics, doctors are having to learn thousands of new codes. As a radiologist has the transition to ICD-10 been more or less turbulent than you expected? Why?
It’s been less turbulent than we expected. The billing company was prepared and there was no major impact.
Many providers were predicting major delays in the aftermath of ICD-10. Do you have any stories about your transition to ICD-10? (Billing issues, patient issues, etc.)
No. I can’t think of any stories to speak of.
Now that you have several months of using ICD-10 under your belt, can you list one advantage and one disadvantage of the new system so far?
One disadvantage has been coming up with symptoms that meet criteria for billing.
In the early days of ICD-10, insurers were anticipating that the transition would result in billing problems. What has been your experience? What insurance payers seem to be the most prepared for ICD-10?
We haven’t noticed any differences among insurers.
If you could say anything to Medicare, what would you say?
Medicare: Why did you wait so long? ICD-10 was completed in 1992! That was 24 years ago.
Are there any procedures you can bill under ICD-10 that you couldn’t bill under ICD-9?
No, none that I am aware of.
One of the biggest hurdles approaching ICD-10 was making sure staffs were properly equipped to handle the transition. How has your medical practice trained staff for ICD-10? Do you have any lessons you can share with our readers?
We didn’t have any training, as we outsource billing.
Does ICD-10 ultimately benefit the patient? Why or why not?
ICD-10 will benefit patients if it allows better data sourcing for disease research.
In the end, do you think ICD-10 will be an improvement for your practice? Why or why not?
As a practice, we’re neutral on the subject of whether ICD-10 was helpful or not.
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