ICD-10 Global Lessons, More on Parallels with Canada and Australia

ICD-10 implementation and ICD-10 assessments are new to U.S. health system, so many are looking for parallels and lessons learned from other countries.

In a recent blog, we noted that there are many reasons that the U.S.  Implementation of ICD-10 will be different.  In particular ICD-10 CM is larger than the WHO version of ICD-10, and in the U.S., ICD-10 will serve as a new reimbursement paradigm, unlike Canada.  However, as we noted there is one big similarity – more planning is always better.

ICD-10 Canada implementation

Here are a few more areas to consider:

In addition to the US ICD-10 CM implementations for diagnosis codes, there is the issue of the procedure side implementation (ICD-10 PCS) supported by CMS in the US.

Second, coders are a critical component and will need extensive training for anatomy and physiology, and the understanding of surgical procedures. The new surgical descriptors will be approximately 87,000 in vs. the ICD-9 of 3,500.

Third ICD-10 includes the cause of the diagnosis.

Fourth, for medical policies, a brief three line rule under ICD-9 to pend, pay or deny a claim may expand to as much as 300 lines in a software system to express the complex business logic.

Several  lessons learned in other implementations (Canada, Australia), have included the need for accountability, and well-defined areas of responsibility with sufficient resources.  As departments have existing responsibilities it is critical to separate those responsibilities from those required for the ICD-10 implementation, and the project timelines should allow adequate time for sufficient testing.

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Michael F. Arrigo

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