ICD-10 contest results show inpatient coding accuracy is rising

Central Learning's 2nd Annual National ICD-10 Coding Contest results reveal average inpatient coding accuracy increased 6 percent between 2016 and 2017.

The results, published in the Journal of AHIMA, come from Central Learning's examination of 1,636 medical cases coded by contest participants. The contest took place over the summer.

Here are five key findings.

1. Average inpatient coder accuracy was 61 percent, up from 55 percent in 2016.

2. Average coding accuracy in ambulatory surgery centers was slightly lower in 2017 (45 percent) compared to 2016 (46 percent).

3. Average coding accuracy in the emergency department was 36 percent, up from 33 percent in the year prior.

4. Coding accuracy for diagnostic-related groups was 72 percent in 2016. In 2017, coding accuracy for five new cases was 73 percent and 71 percent for the same five cases as 2016.

5. Among the diagnosis chapters with the lowest code accuracy were "congenital malformation, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities" as well as "diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue" and "certain infectious and parasitic diseases."

Read more about the results here.


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