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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dr. Pardeep Kumar

Last month I photographed Dr. Pardeep Kumar, an internist in Terre Haute, Ind., for a story in The New York Times about a new medical coding system that went into effect on Oct. 1. The new system, ICD-10, is causing health care providers anxiety because it will change the fundamental way they describe illnesses and injuries in their computer systems. As Dr. Michael R. Marks, a Connecticut orthopedic surgeon, describes it in the story: “On Oct. 1, we will be speaking a new language. It’s like switching to German, after speaking English for 30 years.”

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar listens to a patient before a check up on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. Kumar and doctors nationwide are preparing to switch to a new medical coding system, ICD-10, for tracking diagnoses on Oct. 1. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar listens to a patient’s breathing using a stethoscope on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar performs a diabetic foot exam on a patient on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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A computer screen shows the medical coding for a patient’s diabetic foot exam on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. Doctors nationwide are preparing to switch to the new medical coding system, ICD-10, more than two decades after it was completed by the World Health Organization in 1992. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar poses for a portrait in the office of his internal medicine practice on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar examines a patient’s knee on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar shares a laugh with a patient during a check up on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Terre Haute, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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