13 May What are the New Features of ICD 10?
ICD 10 is the new standard of medical coding that has been developed to help healthcare providers communicate more efficiently and accurately about a patient’s condition. ICD 10 is the upgraded system from ICD 9, which had previous been used by healthcare providers for many years. There are some key features that make ICD 10 a more practical and effective coding system.
Extended Code Set
The ICD 10 code set has been extended. In the previous ICD 9 code set, there were only five positions, and alphanumeric digits were used on only the first coding set, while numeric was used in the other four. In ICD 10, the code set has been expanded to seven positions, with all code sets utilizing alphanumeric characters.
With now seven code sets in ICD 10, this means there is also an increased number of codes available to healthcare professionals. This is an upgrade that was intended to help healthcare professionals characterize a patient’s medical condition more accurately, and thus provide more efficient and effective treatment.
More Code Sets
Another feature of ICD 10 is that with more code sets available, there is a wider range of options available to healthcare professionals when categorizing patent’s conditions. This means that there is now more specification when reporting a patient’s condition, which will then allow for more information to be shared through codes.
Also, this allows for less time to be spent on communication between healthcare professionals regarding exactly what type of condition the patient has and what type if treatment is needed. This information can now be communicated through codes.
Another feature of ICD 10 is that it has been updated to include modernized language, along with consistent language that is used throughout the entire code set. This is an improvement from ICD 9, where language in the code sets was often outdated and differed between each of the five code sets.
Along with improvements regarding common language in the code set, ICD 10 now has certain codes that were created from a combination of diagnoses and symptoms. This means that instead of using one code for the diagnosis, and one code for a patient’s symptoms, there are now code options that combine the two.
This then allows for fewer codes to be used to fully describe a patient’s condition. This will increase the efficiency of communication between healthcare professionals through codes, so that pertinent information is not overlooked when the provider treats that patient. Also, there is less room for error when information is transferred between healthcare professionals.
Flexible Coding Features
Another key feature that makes ICD 10 the perfect coding system is that it was designed to be very flexible. There is the potential to add new codes to the system, so that it is able to evolve with the ever-changing medical world. ICD 10 always has the important feature of specific detail in its coding system.
This means that a condition and the symptoms associated with it can now be accurately described with every detail. An example of this is being able to use the word “laterality” when referencing a place on the patient’s body. These features, which were not available in ICD 9, are exciting new in that they improve the standards of medical coding.
Many of the features of the ICD 10 coding system are meant to help healthcare professionals communicate more efficiently. Ultimately, this will increase the efficiently and accuracy of patient care. With more specification and attention to detail in the coding system, ICD 10 has set out to make medical coding easier and more practical.