ICD-10 causes major headaches for hospitals

|By:, SA News Editor

The federal mandate expanding the number of diagnostic codes to 69,000 from today's 14,000 and procedure codes to 85,000 from 13,000 stresses healthcare providers. The mandate's intent, termed ICD-10, is to increase the accuracy of reporting and reduce fraud.

Healthcare institutions face significant investments in training and IT system updates in order to comply with the new rules.

The original conversion date was October 1, but the Senate passed a bill on Monday granting institutions a one-year reprieve.