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Problems with ICD-9 Codes Contribute to Coder Shortage

Slow progress toward U.S. adoption of ICD-10, More providers are outsourcing coding

ALTHOUGH ICD-9 IS CONSIDERED inadequate to effectively meet the needs of today’s healthcare system, a number of hurdles prevent implementation of the proposed ICD-10 codes. Of equal significance is another problem intertwined with the inadequate ICD-9 coding system: a nationwide shortage of coders. A 2001 survey by the American Hospital Association revealed an 18% vacancy …

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