Four reasons why ICD-10 matters

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

Just in case you forget why we're doing all this,  Robert Tagalicod, Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, summarizes how important ICD-10 is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

  • ICD-10 Advances Health Care and the Implementation of eHealth Initiatives
  • ICD-10 Captures Advances in Medicine and Medical Technology
    • ICD–10 captures new procedures that lead to innovative health care and medical breakthroughs.
  • ICD-10 Improves Data for Quality Reporting
    • Many quality measures rely on ICD diagnosis codes.  ICD-10 provides better data for quality reporting and outcomes measurement.
  • ICD-10 Improves Public Health Research, Reporting, and Surveillance
    • ICD-10 is more effective at capturing public health diseases due to its greater specificity. Federal, state, and local officials, including researchers, will use ICD-10 diagnosis codes for public health research, reporting and surveillance.