by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care Thoughts: Rand Paul is a Loon, However…..
Rand Paul told an Iowa crowd about “Obamacare codes” and listed some of the wackier codes.
Problem is, he is referring to the ICD-10 adaptation, which was first set in motion by the Bush 43 administration.
ICD-9 has about 17,000 diagnosis codes, ICD-10 has more than 150,000 codes.
Why are we adopting the ICD-10 system?
1) Europe did it
2) “Big IT” will make a huge fortune from the conversion
3) Data miners will have lots and lots to mine
What does it do for providers and patients? Absolutely nothing except cost and a messy transition.
So Paul could have made a valid point about government mandated waste, but that would not have been a good sound bite.