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Preparing a Successful ICD-10 Transition

ICD-10: An Important and Positive Change

Published May 24, 2013 2:36 PM by Elsevier

(This sponsored blog was written by Lee Ann Bryant, associate product manager, HealthStream.)

If you work in any healthcare environment, you know how inundated we have become with information around ICD-10 - most of it leaning toward the negative end of the spectrum. Yes, there is a lot to learn. Yes, there are time and financial burdens involved. Yes, it is one of the most significant changes ever for the healthcare industry. And Robert Tagalicod, director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, reminds us why it is an important and positive change and why it should matter to us.

Why ICD-10 Matters

1. ICD-10 advances healthcare and the implementation of eHealth initiatives.

  • ICD-10 is essential to healthcare reform and the CMS eHealth Initiative and is part of the overall goal - the triple aim to achieve better care, better access, and better health while lowering costs.
  • eHealth programs such as ICD-10, administrative simplification, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, and quality reporting programs like the Physician Quality Reporting System are all aimed at accomplishing this goal. 
  • Together, these eHealth programs will provide greater interoperability, easier data sharing, better quality measurement, improved clinical outcomes, and lower costs.

2. ICD-10 captures advances in medicine and medical technology.

  • ICD-10 captures new procedures that lead to innovative healthcare and medical breakthroughs.

3. ICD-10 improves data for quality reporting.

  • Many quality measures rely on ICD diagnosis codes. ICD-10 provides better data for quality reporting and outcomes measurement.

4. ICD-10 improves public health research, reporting, and surveillance.

  • ICD-10 is more effective at capturing public health diseases due to its greater specificity. Federal, state, and local officials, including researchers, will use ICD-10 diagnosis codes for public health research, reporting, and surveillance.

For more information on ICD-10 and training solutions available from HealthStream and Precyse, click here.


As a new RHIT student doing coding, I do find that ICD-10 is so much more specific.  I do enjoy working with it. It could just be my enthusiasm, but are there any specific things I should be working on to get better with coding with ICD-10?

Roberta Mowrer, RHIT - RHIT, student, YTI Lancaster Campus August 10, 2013 3:24 PM
Columbia PA

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