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Population health data needs to go beyond ICD-10 codes

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
Population health data needs to go beyond ICD-10 codes

One of the big knocks on ICD-10 coding is the expectation that ICD-10 codes will do nothing to improve patient care. The counter argument is that ICD-10 coding will contribute to population health.

Which is why there are ICD-10 codes for many social determinants and medical factors. These ICD-10 codes could uncover trends that help healthcare payers succeed as revenue models shift. And it turns out a non-medical "treatment" could help hospitals retain or increase revenue.

That gets a little fuzzy when healthcare professionals start talking about creative treatments that have no  ICD-10 codes.

This is going to require collaboration between healthcare providers and payers to make sure that population health data includes these treatments.