July/August 2013

A new and improved generation of coding

On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets throughout the U.S. The U.S. healthcare system will join other members of the World Health Organization who have already adopted the new generation of ICD-10. Here at NCH we've established workgroups and plans are underway to ensure we are ready to make this important transition.

Why are we doing this now?

First, the transition is federally mandated. ICD-9, which is 30 years old, uses obsolete terminology and outdated codes that produce inadequate and limited data for the current U.S. healthcare sector. Quite simply, it cannot accurately describe the diagnoses and inpatient procedures delivered today. All healthcare services in the U.S. will make this transition to ICD-10. We are kicking off the training and implementation now to give ourselves time to perfect ICD-10 before the federal deadline, which reduces stress on our team and improves accuracy when it really counts.

Once adopted, ICD-10 is expected to:

  • Improve methods for measuring the quality, safety and efficacy of health care
  • Support updated payment systems so claims more accurately reflect the care delivered and reimbursements can be processed more efficiently
  • Standardize international disease monitoring and reporting
  • Improve detail of the clinical data sets used for conducting research, epidemiological studies and clinical trials

How does this change affect me?

NCH will provide both general and specialty-specific ICD-10 education to all NCH medical staff members. Opportunities to learn more will be coming up periodically over the next year.

A successful ICD-10 transition is possible with proper planning, education and feedback. Please stay tuned for additional details. We look forward to working with you on this important coordinated initiative.