10 Ways ICD-10 Will Improve Quality of Care
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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