The ultimate goal of all the reforms that are being passed left, right and center is reducing the cost of care while increasing the quality of care. And both, the meaningful use performance matrices and the added granularity of ICD-10 attempt to do the same. Let’s see how.

We all know by now that the attempt to electronicize (if there is such a word, if not, I should copyright it) the medical records is focused at reducing errors, sharing information, eliminating redundant procedures etc., all leading to reduction in cost and improvement in quality. So there is not much discussion there. Let’s now see if ICD-10 also meets these criteria.

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