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ICD-10 Coding Uncovers Higher Rate of Fatal Falls Among Seniors



A report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy concludes that an increase in death rate attributed to falls is not because more seniors are suffering more serious falls, but because of updates in ICD-10 coding for death classification.



1 comments on "ICD-10 Coding Uncovers Higher Rate of Fatal Falls Among Seniors"
DonS (5/22/2012 at 1:54 PM)

As a non-supporter of ICD-10, I was very eager to learn of a benefit of the coding. This FALLS short (pun intended!) People fall and have complications of pnuemonia or surgery so the cause of death is FALL!? Why not make cause of death WALKING? The walking led to the fall which led to the pnuemonia. I realize that I dont have the full report, but anyone who uses this report to tout the benefits of ICD-10 is really grasping at straws!