Gretchen Henkel is a freelance writer based in California.
Watch Out for GEMs
Physicians often are encouraged to use general equivalence maps (GEMs) to acquaint themselves with the differences between coding sets. Relying solely on GEMs, however, is not a good idea for the long term, DeVault cautions. “GEMs are meant to serve as a transition tool but are not designed to code from,” she says. “It’s imperative that coders—and providers—actually learn the new system and that they not rely on GEMs for coding.”—GH
Resources for Physicians
- The AHIMA ICD-10 website offers a timeline for assessment and implementation of ICD-10 under the “Physician Office Role-Based Model” heading.
- The AMA’s resources include a physician timeline for ICD-10 implementation (PDF).
- SHM’s website offers a wealth of resources on documentation billing and coding for hospitalists.