Implementing ICD-10 was 'absolutely essential' to moving healthcare forward

The ICD-10 implementation date has come and gone, and having the new code set go live was "absolutely essential," according to Richard Averill, senior healthcare policy adviser for 3M and a member of the Coalition for ICD-10's governing board.

ICD-10 is just one way to move the evolution of healthcare forward, he told

Now that the code is live, it will give more detailed data that can be used to better measure quality and efficiency, he said. In addition, the new codes will cut down on the "gigantic paper chase" for providers, he added. Article