By THOMAS GOUNLEY Springfield News-Leader
OCTOBER 16, 2015 – SPRINGFIELD, Mo. With the start of October, the number of specific codes doctors use when diagnosing patients increased five-fold, to about 70,000. Doctors use the codes to classify the care they provide when billing government programs and private insurance companies. The addition of the more specific codes will result in an influx of new data, which the federal government hopes to analyze to improve health care. But the additional codes will also further complicate the workload for the nation’s doctors. A group of local primary care doctors, however, aren’t affected by the change. And their numbers, while small, are growing.