Determination of problematic ICD-9-CM subcategories for further study of coding performance: Delphi method.

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  • In this study, we report on a qualitative method known as the Delphi method, used in the first part of a research study for improving the accuracy and reliability of ICD-9-CM coding. A panel of independent coding experts interacted methodically to determine that the three criteria to identify a problematic ICD-9-CM subcategory for further study were cost, volume, and level of coding confusion caused. The Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) 2007 fiscal year data set as well as suggestions from the experts were used to identify coding subcategories based on cost and volume data. Next, the panelists performed two rounds of independent ranking before identifying Excisional Debridement as the subcategory that causes the most confusion among coders. As a result, they recommended it for further study aimed at improving coding accuracy and variation. This framework can be adopted at different levels for similar studies in need of a schema for determining problematic subcategories of code sets.
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  • Delphi method, ICD-9-CM, accuracy, coding, consistency, excisional debridement, qualitative research, Clinical Coding, Debridement, Delphi Technique, Expert Testimony, Humans, International Classification of Diseases, Qualitative Research, United States
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  • Zeng X; Bell PD
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  • 1b
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  • 8