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Dr. David Geier: Key thoughts for orthopedic surgeons on the ICD-10 transition

By Mary Rechtoris

David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine Specialists of Charleston and East Cooper Sports Medicine discusses concerns orthopedic surgeons have pertaining to the upcoming ICD-10 transition and the ways surgeons are reimbursed.

Question: What are some of the concerns surgeons have about the switch to ICD-10?

Dr. David Geier: There is a lot of apprehension about the upcoming switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. From what I hear, orthopedic surgeons are impacted more than other specialty because many changes are orthopedic in nature. You have to modify codes for left knee vs. the right knee. If you have a patient with arthritis, you have to specify what kind of arthritis.

Q: Will the transition to ICD-10 impact patient care?

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