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The transition to ICD-10 versus the shift to DRGs

HIM Briefings, March 1, 2016

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One of the last major shifts in coding before the transition to ICD-10 was the introduction of diagnosis-related groups (DRG) in 1982. Now that the struggle to implement ICD-10 has passed, how do the two transitions measure up? Both Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, president of HRS Coding in Baltimore, and Sallee Silverman, RHIA, an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainer and a manager with HRS Coding, were actively working in healthcare through both shifts and shared their thoughts with HIM Briefings shortly after ICD-10 went live in October 2015. When DRGs were introduced, Coplan-Gould was working as the associate director of the Maryland Resource Center in Maryland.

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