USA Today: The Kafka Codes For Medical Care

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October 08, 2015

Not to complain, but the world we doctors inhabit is looking more and more like it was designed by Franz Kafka. The road to successful treatments and cures is cluttered with expanding red tape: courses to take, certifications to achieve, endless electronic record keeping that takes the place of patient contact, and now, a chokehold list of insurance billing codes that has been expanded from less than 15,000 disease/health issue entries to 68,000. The International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, is a cumbersome mess that is supposedly designed for flexibility and precision. But with more than 100 choices for diabetes alone, (affects the retina versus the kidneys versus the heart, versus the nervous system, glucose controlled, uncontrolled, etc.), I must spend more time than ever in front of a computer screen, trying to decide what accurately describes my patient. If I don’t get it exactly right, I might not be paid. (Marc Siegel, 10/7)


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