Drop-down menus may prevent the main objective of ICD-10 implementation, which is increased specificity in coding. EHR systems have drop-down menus whose top choices end with the 5th digit as "0" (an unspecified episode of care). The more specified options can be found further down on the list. Doctors are more likely to choose a higher code on the list due to lack of time. The results of many ICD-10 tests indicate that a number of cases have been denied payment or have been reimbursed with a reduced payment due to a lack of specificity, despite ICD-10's 15,000 codes.
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