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ICD-10 Coding has changed the way we code, and each specialty of practice will clearly benefit from having its own unique manual, structured for ease of readability and tailored to each specialty. ICD-10 for Orthopedic Surgery is a condensed, sturdy volume featuring a legible-sized font for maximum usability. Users can comfortably navigate the text and search for codes, growing familiar with the book with ease. ICD-10 for Orthopedic Surgery makes the change to an innovative coding system less complex for all users.

A comparison of My Book with the standard manual is very helpful. Their Book measures 8.5 x 11 x 2," weighs five pounds, and has over 1,100 pages, not counting appendices. My Book is also 8.5 x 11" but is only slightly more than one inch thick and weighs only three pounds. It has 540 pages, including appendices. The cover material of Their Book is somewhat soft and flexible, and even though it is spiral-bound, it tends to be somewhat floppy, so that trying to turn multiple pages at one time is difficult because the pages catch in the spiral. My Book has heavier duty material on the front and back covers and a better wire binding that makes it less flexible and floppy, and it improves the capability of turning multiple pages at one time without them getting caught in the binding.

Their Book has at least two, and sometimes three, columns of listings of codes per page. The font is so small in much of Their Book that it is almost impossible to read without magnification. The columns of codes have repetitious descriptors, line after line, so that it is difficult to actually find what you are looking for, particularly when there may be only one word’s difference between the codes. In other words, everything starts looking the same. In My Book, the font is large enough to read without extra magnification. Words that I think warrant emphasis are either in bold type or underlined so as to draw the coder’s attention to them. I have put the descriptor at the beginning of a code set but have not repeated it over and over again.

I have included only the essential information with each code. In Their Book, the indicator for the requisite number of code characters is a small number located in the left margin that is easy to miss or misread. Their codes give only the minimum characters necessary, but if additional characters are necessary, then the additional characters have to be added on the end of their code in order to get to the required number of characters. In My Book, I have basically put in the number of characters necessary to complete the code. Where a "filler" character (X) is necessary, I have put it in the code. If the code requires additional characters, such as a fifth, sixth, or seventh, I have put in underlined (_) character spaces sufficient to complete the code. In other words, you just have to fill in the blank spaces. In most cases, I have included the necessary options for the fifth, sixth, and seventh characters where they can be easily found.

Also in My Book, I have significantly expanded the Table of Contents so that it can be used to help guide the coder to the next place in the book where they need to start looking for their code.

Although My Book does have chapters, when it comes to the Tabular Index of Diseases, I have used the concept of Subchapters, using the first alphabetical character for the disease category. For example, rather than saying Chapter 13, Musculoskeletal Disorders, I have designated it Subchapter M. “M” is the first character for the codes for musculoskeletal disorders. If a coder knows that they are looking for an M Code, then they will know to go to Subchapter M and not have to worry about a chapter number.

Hopefully my contrasting the differences between the manuals has led you to the conclusion that mine is much easier to use.


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