A total of 1,900 codes and 3,651 hospital inpatient procedure codes will be added for fiscal year 2017.
The shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 marked the introduction of a more complex web of codes designed to make diagnosis and reimbursement more specific and accurate, but it also brought a lot of headaches to healthcare providers and insurers. One 2014 study suggests the transition put the accuracy of patient safety indicators at risk.
To help assuage some of these transition difficulties, the CDC and CMS instituted a freeze on updates to the codes prior to the October 1, 2015 implementation date, according to the American Hospital Association. But now, CMS has announced they will be adding a host of new diagnostic and hospital inpatient procedure codes to ICD-10 for fiscal year 2017.Read More On www.healthitoutcomes.com