The Next Crisis In American Healthcare: ICD-10 And The Problem With Medical Coding Error

This talk will briefly discuss the history of medical classification lists and their role in the American Healthcare System today. The human performance literature associated with using these systems will be reviewed and an argument will be made that as the classifications have grown more complex, human performance has declined. Technical mitigation through the use of Computer Assisted Coding Systems will be discussed. However, it will be argued that a better solution would involve a fundamental revision to the way medical coding is done for billing and reimbursement purposes, specifically, the adaptation of a simplified classification system that would allow hospitals to generate bills in a timely and accurate manner.

Keywords: 
ICD-10, coding, medical classification systems