It is imperative that a coding professional feels engaged with their facility. The best way to do this is by acting as an advocate.
Larger healthcare organizations have started to embrace IG, but the smaller ambulatory care providers are still easing their way into the process. Healthcare organizations, no matter how big or small, need to implement information governance as a way to ensure information integrity.
The difference in code assignment is based on whether or not the patient has the disease or if the patient is only a carrier of the virus. Some terminology seems to be causing a great deal of confusion in ICD-10, even though it was also listed in ICD-9.
The long transition to ICD-10 has thus far been challenging across the entire healthcare industry. Perhaps by now, the most complicated pieces of the change are complete, but there are still significant improvements to be made.