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10 Ways ICD-10 Will Improve Quality of Care

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 1, 2011

9. Creates jobs

Conversion to ICD-10 will create jobs for coders and trainers, many of whom may transition from other jobs soon to be cut to reduce costs. While this may not directly improve quality, fewer lost jobs may lessen the toll on employee morale that major layoffs could provoke. And employee morale can be linked to quality and patient experience scores.

10. Aligns with EHR

The transition to ICD-10 will assure that electronic medical records, value-based purchasing metrics, and meaningful use incentive programs speak the same language.

Feel better? I hope so. After all, ICD-10 is supposed to be all about quality of care, isn't it?


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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8 comments on "10 Ways ICD-10 Will Improve Quality of Care"


Jennifer Hamilton (1/12/2014 at 8:02 AM)
At the same time the public is demanding the US government "back off" on collecting information, medicine is about to introduce a dramatic increase in "data" for our government. And, please note, it will be tied to your electronic medical record. It is hard to argue with the need for updating the codes, but the dramatic increase in numbers, details and specifics is of concern. The cost will be real in time and money. To argue that one benefit is that it preserves and even grows the number of coders is shocking- increasing people who push paper and provide no care at the same time we are trying to cut cost?! This is a fantasy article by someone who has no clue what providing health care is about.

ralph (2/17/2012 at 12:48 PM)
I'm trying to understand how going from 14,000 CPT billing codes to 140,000 ICD-10 billing codes improves quality of medicine? It might improve the quality of live of bean counters who have to sort through this mess, but thats it. Thats why at www.medibid.com there are no billing codes, and patients save about 80% off of the billed rates

patient advocate (12/2/2011 at 2:30 PM)
Physician practices are provided with a substantial amount of money to ease the burden of modernizing their practice to use EHRs, and transitioning to ICD10 is certainly part of that. A $40,000+ investment by American tax payers that is available to all physicians that adopt new HIT technologies is a far cry from "and do it all at my own costs".