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AHIMA survey: Coding accuracy unaffected by ICD-10 transition

A new survey by AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation finds that the transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015, has had virtually no effect on coding accuracy (0.65 percent). In addition, the perceived average productivity decline of 14 percent is less than most in the health care industry expected.

"This survey helps to validate all the anecdotal accounts that the transition to ICD-10 has largely been a smooth one," says AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. "Health information management (HIM) professionals are already coding with the same degree of accuracy as in ICD-9. Of course with any change there will be an initial period of productivity decline, but we fully expect this decrease will be short-term in nature. In fact, respondents indicated in the survey that they have become more comfortable with the new code set with each day and productivity decreases continue to lessen."

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