ICD-10 transition could pose challenges to patient safety data

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

December 10, 2014

There has been a lot of angst amongst coders and billing departments surrounding the switch to ICD-10. Twice, the implementation date has been pushed back, and with less than a year remaining, healthcare organizations are gearing up for the October 2015 transition.

Add patient safety officers to those concerned about the upcoming deadline. A new study published in the Journal for the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) reveals that the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 has the potential to impact patient safety indicators (PSI) as a result of alterations in the diagnosis codes. These changes to the new system mean that data might show a large increase or decrease in certain PSIs that may not reflect the true adverse event incident rates.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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