ICD-10: Top 5 articles ever

Crazy codes, clinical documentation, and even ICD-11 are all on this list
By Tom Sullivan
05:00 PM
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To say that the journey to ICD-10 compliance deadline was long and arduous is something of an understatement. It has been a tortuous road, indeed.

Now that ICD-10 is here, however, it's a good time to recount some of Healthcare IT News most popular stories on the code set conversion. We culled the list to spare readers the articles about repeated delays since those are now old news.

Here goes:

1. 10 most outlandish kinds of ICD-10 codes. We crowdsourced this list via Twitter and LinkedIn so ICD-10 aficionados will recognize contributions from the likes of Brad Justus, Steve Sisko, and Peter Gilbert. This lineup includes codes about inanimate objects attacking, other unfortunate mishaps, even some that are rather risqué.

2. ICD10 inches closer to delay, ICD-11 in the wings. For a while there was a case to be made that by implementing ICD-10 the U.S. would simply find itself lagging other developed nations that, the thinking went, would be moving to ICD-11 in short order. Obviously that's a moot point as of today.  But there will still be those asking if HHS ought to have evaluated the cost of two full conversions versus sunken investments in ICD-10 + whatever ICD-11 will ultimately cost.

3. Top 5 HIPAA 5010, ICD-10 hurdles. Yes, ICD-10 is here but that doesn't mean the healthcare sector has hopped all the obstacles. Some of these hold even truer now that October 1 has arrived than they did in the past.

4. 9 benefits of ICD-10. It's a safe bet that, despite the bumps, bruises and growing pains ahead, the U.S. will reap more than just 9 advantages from the new 7-digit codes' greater granularity and specificity.

5. ICD-10 starts with clinical documentation. And, of course, that began October 1. Some of the reported advantages to using CDI tools under ICD-10 will likely be improved patient care, clinical data and information integrity, reliability of quality measures and demonstrating meaningful use.

And a bonus: The oldest story about the code set conversion within the Healthcare IT News archives.