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Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2014 Jan 1;11:1h. eCollection 2014.

Evaluation of inpatient clinical documentation readiness for ICD-10-CM.

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  • 1The Department of Health Information Management in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2The Health Systems Engineering Initiative in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 3The Health Communications, Surveillance, and Research Support Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Pittsburgh, PA.


This research study examined the gaps in documentation that occur when coding in ICD-10-CM. More than 4,000 diagnoses from all chapters were coded from 656 electronic documents obtained from a large integrated healthcare facility at the time the study was conducted (2012). After the documents were coded, areas for documentation improvement were identified for chapters that resulted in deficiencies in documentation, and a quick reference guide was developed. The overall absent documentation percentage was 15.4 percent. The 10 chapters with the highest percentage of absent documentation were chapter 7 (Diseases of Eye and Adnexa), with 67.65 percent (p < .001); chapter 8 (Diseases of Ear and Mastoid Process), with 63.64 percent (p < .001); chapter 13 (Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue), with 46.05 percent (p < .001); chapter 14 (Diseases of the Genitourinary System), with 40.29 percent (p < .001); chapter 10 (Diseases of Respiratory System), with 35.52 percent (p < .001); chapter 1 (Infectious and Parasitic Diseases), with 32.88 percent (p < .001); chapter 12 (Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue), with 32.35 percent (p < .001); chapter 2 (Neoplasms), with 25.45 percent (p < .001); chapter 4 (Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases), with 14.58 percent (p < .001); and chapter 17 (Congenital Malformations, Deformations, and Chromosomal Abnormalities), with 12.50 percent. We addressed the deficient areas in the quick reference guide developed for clinicians and technology vendors. Having complete and accurate documentation would benefit both the clinician and the patient in providing the highest quality of care.


Clinical Modification); ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases; Tenth Revision; clinical documentation improvement; reimbursement

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