There patients, because these codes are more specific

There
are benefits to the new coding system to population health management. The new
specificity that ICD-10 has will make reimbursements more accurate and reduce
the number of rejected claims. In addition, this would also help the payers to
pay more accurately for procedures and waste less money. Which addresses the
cost portion of the triple aim to reduce cost. This would make the adoption of pay
for performance easier because the specificity will make claims more accurate. 6
7 9

There
are benefits for patients, because these codes are more specific because it
increases the amount of data we have. Having this specific data of code could
better help us find ways to improve the quality of care we delivery to
patients. These codes could  help us
track outcomes of the care patients receive and also better understand
complexity that certain diseases can have. Having this data could also help us
figure which treatments work best for patients with certain illnesses. 6 7
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There
is also hope to increase Health Information Exchange  with these new codes. With ICD-9 codes there
were limited codes  which made it
difficult to communicate specifics of  the
diagnosis or the disease.  With ICD-10
codes providers could communicate nuances with codes instead of using words.

Using codes will make it easier to exchange more information about diseases
especially between two different EHR systems. Every EHR system will have ICD-10
as a requirement so it is not something that needs special coding to be done. 7
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Member
states who belong to the World Health Organization are all using ICD-10 codes
in the healthcare system. Currently, if all of these countries are using ICD-10
they could all share disease and diagnoses internationally in real time. These
countries could work together to share knowledge they might have about the
illness and quickly work on solving it. It is especially important right now
because  bioterrorism is on the rise and
sharing knowledge back and forth about this will be extremely important.

Sharing this data with the WHO or any of the member states could increase our
efficiency with finding treatments and cures for bioterrorist attacks or even
prevent other countries from experiencing the same bioterrorism. In addition it
could help spread information about outbreaks happening locally and nationally.

For instance, currently in Michigan there is a hepatitis A outbreak and coding
could help better analyze this data and see what locations it is happening.

This code could also help countries compare best practices globally about
specific illnesses. 7 9

ICD-10
gives physicians and healthcare workers the opportunity to code more
specifically about diagnoses. However, this is not necessarily what is
happening. Some physicians have claimed to just use the code that they found
easiest to find and also gets them money. Physicians are not focused on being
as accurate as possible they are just focused on their reimbursement. In order
to solve this problem, it would be important for physicians and coders to get
educated about the importance of coding as accurate as possible. If doctors are
not coding as accurately as they can, then they are impacting the work of many
people like payers, auditors, and the hospital overall. This is also affecting
the quality of care because if we are not coding accurately, then we won’t have
accurate data to analyze and possibly use to improve care in the future. 7To
also improve this we could also use incentives to motive doctors to actually
try harder to find the appropriate codes. 7 9

Even
though some people are not coding accurately, the accuracy rate of inpatient
coding has been on the raise since the implementation of ICD-10. There are
ICD-10 contests that happen and it is used to assess how well people are doing
at coding. In 2016 the average inpatient coding accuracy was 55 and then in
2017 it was 61%. More research like this needs to be a done in real settings to
see if ICD-10 is improving the quality of care being given to patients. 8
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            In conclusion, ICD-10 is more
accurate and specific for the usage of coding for diseases than ICD-9. It has
the potential of helping with the Triple Aim and population health management
in general. It could help us improve healthcare, deliver better care and also
lower costs. It is important for the United States to conduct more research on
how it has improved patient outcomes.