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Four roadblocks to improving ICD-10 data collection

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Four roadblocks to improving ICD-10 data collection

There may be optimism that ICD-10 data will provide benefits for healthcare providers but pessimism persists too.

Medical coders are key to making data work. They have to ensure there is information and clinical documentation that go beyond reimbursement requirements, according to Catherine Porto, Executive Director of HIM at University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH).

Which is easier said than done. There are several factors to overcome:

  • Emphasis on coding productivity and accuracy
  • Bad habits
  • Electronic health record (EHR) shortcomings
  • Resistance from clinicians when faced with queries

As noted earlier, healthcare data specialists cite the need for more than diagnosis or procedure codes to create actionable insights.