ICD-10: What goes along with Financial Neutrality?
With the transition to ICD-10, payers will certainly leverage the added granularity to improve their existing policies, adjudication rules and benefit categories. So, now certain services will be covered and paid, while others will no longer be covered and might be pended or denied if the claim is filed. These decisions will be crucial during the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 because any loss or misinterpretation of information about clinical issues will invariably distort the ability to ensure neutrality with respect to claims payouts. We also know that payers do leverage certain software (DCG/MEG/DxCG/CRGs) to predict their member expenditures or prospective provider reimbursements for members with multiple, combination or complicated conditions. These prediction software systems (which are all in ICD-9 as of today) will be migrated to ICD-10. Lack of clinical coherence in their transformation process will invariably alter the coverage group and risk pool definition, along with the member risk profiling and stratification statistics - all of which will ultimately impact the bigger goal of achieving financial neutrality at an enterprise level.
Please read the complete article in my blog post at ICD10HUb.com.