Providers give a wary welcome to ICD-10

By Ilene MacDonald

After several delays by the federal government, the healthcare industry officially moved over to the new code set Oct. 1.

There was a lot of handwringing leading up to the big day, but one survey found that nearly 80 percent of healthcare organizations polled say the switch has been successful.

But it's not perfect.

The biggest issues so far, according to respondents, were rejected medical claims, clinical documentation and physician education, reduced revenue from coding delays and information technology fixes.

Although the transition to ICD-10 has been relatively smooth, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka said in a recent blog post that the new code set has "benefited no one."

The diagnoses lead to less precision, clinical documentation doesn't have the specificity for more granular codes and the new codes do not help ensure quality measures are computed more accurately, he wrote.  

Providers give a wary welcome to ICD-10