Benefits of ICD-10

The transition to ICD-10 is getting a lot of attention in the healthcare industry and as the implementation deadline looms ever closer more and more organizations are hurrying to make sure all their tools and processes are ready for the upcoming change. Amid all the hustle and bustle, I am sure there are more than a few people who have wondered why we even have to make the change to ICD-10 and whether, after all the hard work and worry, any good will come of the transition. The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

There are many benefits to be had as a result of the move to ICD-10. A few of the major benefits include:

  • Improved patient care – More specific codes means better quality of data used to make decisions that affect patient safety and quality of patient care.
  • Improved public health reporting and tracking – The greater specificity provided by ICD-10 will allow public health agencies to track trends in public health risks in greater detail.
  • Improved research – The increased specificity of ICD-10 provides for more definitive classification of injuries and their causes leading to more detailed research outcomes.

Visit this page for additional information on the benefits of the transition to ICD-10 http://www.successehs.com/item/advantages-of-icd-10.htm.


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  1. Jenn April 22, 2014

    I completed a Master certificate in Coding and Billing 10 years ago and then worked in the field for a few years. Now, looking to get back out there in my career field, I have mixed feelings about the ICD 10 implementation, though we are the last country to do it. I heard about the 10 coding back then. I agree with improved tracking and reporting, but not so enthusiastic about the many more coding that will have to be learned and could become more confusing, unless the ground work from the ICD 9 coding was laid out before it. They do go hand in hand.

  2. ade August 11, 2014

    1.whose paying for it? 2. please reveal your source for the statement of patient benefit, I suggest that most benefit is derived by bureaucrats3.have you any idea of the cost and the distribution of this cost including increased time and labour and the likelihood of this system being outdated before getting started?

  3. Career Step August 13, 2014

    Hi Ade,

    There are numerous expert sources that have discussed the benefits of ICD-10. Just a few examples:

    - From AHIMA, Why ICD-10 is Worth the Trouble: http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/ahima/bok1_036866.hcsp?dDocName=bok1_036866
    - From Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News, 9 Benefits of ICD-10: http://www.icd10watch.com/headline/9-benefits-icd-10
    - From the AHA, ICD-10 Benefits and Opportunities: http://www.ahacentraloffice.org/codes/ICD10.shtml
    - From Physicians Practice, The Benefits of ICD-10 to Medical Practices: http://www.physicianspractice.com/icd-10/benefits-icd-10-medical-practices

    Also one of the benefits of ICD-10 over ICD-9 is that the system was built with the intent of allowing for evolution to slow the process of it becoming outdated. That’s not to say that it will never become outdated; it simply means that it has the capability to scale with healthcare as it grows and evolves much more so than does the ICD-9 code set.

    Best wishes.


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