Icd 10 : A System Of Medical Classification Of Diseases

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ICD-10 stands for International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10. ICD-10 is a revision of the ICD-9 system which physicians and other providers currently use to code all diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures recorded in hospitals and physician practices. There are two main types of ICD-10 coding books, the International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). ICD-10-CM is a system used by physicians and healthcare professionals to code diagnoses and procedures that occur in American hospitals. ICD-10-PCS is a system of medical classification used for procedural coding. The implementation of…show more content…
For example, with ICD-10 codes a physician can simply look up disease patterns that relate to the patient that he/she is currently seeing. If the patterns match up to a prior patient that has been diagnosed with all of the same problems as the new patient, then the physician will be able to make an educated decision to diagnose the new patient with the same diagnoses. This coding system will not only improve patient’s documentation and help with diagnosing other patients; it will improve the physician’s overall experience with his/her patients. Many practices have lost patients because of misdiagnoses or by giving a patient medicine for a disease that they do not have. These common mistakes are made by physicians and having a better analysis of disease patterns will help the physician narrow down the choices of diagnoses. (ICD-10 Benefits Beyond Coding) Additional benefits for patients from ICD-10 include better detection of fraud and abuse. There are many cases where an individual had used another individuals health insurance benefits for their own personal use. For example, there was a case from July 7, 2015 where a physician underreported his income and claimed millions in false and fictitious medical supply expenses. The physician was caught and sentenced 24 months in prison and was ordered to forfeit 17.6 million dollars. With the improved coding system it will be more
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