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ICD-10 Celebrates 1st U.S. Anniversary

One year ago, the U.S. finally transitioned to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.  The Coalition for ICD-10 is pleased that the transition has been very smooth, with few reported problems.  Thorough planning, preparation, and education, effective communication, and industry-wide collaboration clearly paid off. The adverse impacts that did occur were generally limited or relatively short-term.  For example, the impact on coding productivity was less significant than some pre-ICD-10 projections, and productivity rates began to improve soon after the transition and continue to improve, already returning to normal or near-normal levels according to members of the Coalition.  The impact of the ICD-10 transition on coding accuracy appears to have been minimal, with at least one survey finding no effect at all.

October 1 also marks the end of the of the partial code set freeze, allowing the resumption of regular code updates so that the ICD-10 code sets can continue to evolve as healthcare evolves.  As illustrated by the implementation of thousands of new codes this year, the structure of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS is more flexible and able to accommodate revisions than ICD-9-CM, allowing a smooth updating process, in a consistent and logical manner – impossible with ICD-9-CM.  The new codes being implemented on October 1 were primarily requested by the physician community in order to reflect medical advances or the need for greater clinical detail.  The Coalition for ICD-10 is pleased these codes are finally being implemented, as many of them have been delayed for several years, waiting for the code freeze to end.

Now that the U.S. has successfully transitioned to ICD-10 and regular code updates have resumed, the healthcare industry can move forward with use of the better data produced by ICD-10 to improve patient outcomes and safety, manage population health, deliver healthcare effectively and efficiently, and reduce costs.

The Coalition for ICD-10

3M Health Information Systems
Advanced Medical Technology Assoc. (AdvaMed)
Altegra Health
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
American Hospital Association (AHA)
American Medical Billing Association (AMBA)
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Beyer Medical Group
BlueCross BlueShield Association
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Healthcare Leadership Council
Health IT Now Coalition
Leidos Health
Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
Nemours Children’s Health System
Premier, Inc
Professional Association of Health Care Office   Management (PAHCOM)
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Sentara Healthcare
Smith & Nephew

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  1. Cross industry collaboration, transparent communication and true end-to-end testing that was useable, viable, sustainable and verifiable made THE difference …. Florida Blue congratulates all that helped to make a real difference here especially other health plans, providers and electronic trading partners who all believed that collaboration works! Job well done …. George Vancore, Florida Blue.

    September 28, 2016

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