While ICD-10 might have codes that seem excessive–like injury via turkey–without its comprehensive codes, doctors will never detect the one-in-a-million disease when it matters.
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If a patient suffers the rarest of occurrences or undergoes an abstract procedure, there should be a code for it. Likewise, when a physician performs a specific procedure, a code should represent it in detail, including any variations.
These kinds of steps can help doctors collect big data with precision. That data can also help healthcare workers make the best decisions when reporting health outcomes.
ICD-10 also can help give industry professionals a bird’s-eye view when tracking events and outcomes.
Big data is the future and for medicine, ICD-10 is the way to get there.
However, the new coding system has been met with myriad controversies. The date for compliance has been pushed back numerous times, with a final date now set for Oct. 1, 2015.