ICD-10 delay could affect thousands of dental students

April 16th, 2014

As health care laws continually change and evolve, academic institutions may want to consider implementing dental school software into their operations – especially when it comes coding using ICD-10. According to iHealthBeat, the U.S. is in the process of upgrading from the ICD-9 coding system to improve accuracy in charting and reduce instances of billing errors that could be perceived as fraud. However, federal legislation has slowed the process and delayed it by one year.

An InformationWeek op-ed from Mark Braunstein, a professor at the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, stated  the change will force health care providers in this country to take the 14,000 codes already in place for ICD-9 and upgrade them with 69,000 new codes to be used by the ICD-10 system. The change is being put in place in order to ensure the accuracy of codes used to describe patient health issues.

However, HealthLeaders Media stated the transitional delay will affect nearly 40,000 students, many of whom have already been trained to code using ICD-10, but are anticipating difficulty in finding a job upon graduation this year due to ICD-9 still not being phased out.

According to the Journal of American Health Information Management Association, the delay could potentially cost the health care industry as much as $6 billion.

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