ICD-10 Benefits for Patients

ICD-10 was put into effect on October 1, 2015.  This is a major change in how patient medical records are coded, and will impact every part of the healthcare system including physician offices, hospitals, laboratories, insurance companies, and others.

The entire healthcare industry in the U.S. is making the shift from ICD-9 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) to ICD-10. ICD-10 is designed to capture more information about a patient’s diagnosis as well as the services you received—this will help us to ensure that you are getting the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

What does this mean for patients?

To avoid any delays in care, please check with your provider to make sure your paperwork is compliant with this new coding change (ICD-10) which took effect on October 1, 2015.

While the switch to ICD-10 has many very positive benefits, it is a huge undertaking for all healthcare organizations. For the last two years, Greater Waterbury Imaging Center and Waterbury Hospital have been working on every single aspect of making this shift. Our goal has been to minimize any disruptions or delays in your care.

Per the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there are clear benefits to both patients and providers by transitioning to ICD-10 – this is a summary of the clinical benefits for patients and visit the CMS site for more detail on all the benefits:

ICD 10 Benefits for Patients:

  • Better data which better informs clinical decisions
  • More specific documentation of patient diseases which provides new insights into patients and clinical care
  • Improve the care of higher acuity patients with patient segmentation
  • Improve care protocols and clinical pathways for health conditions
  • Better tracking of illnesses and public health reporting
  • More opportunity for research and clinical trials


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