Originally published on The Hill by David J. Bailey on May 13, 2015.
If all kids were healthy, we might be able to get by with something called “ICD-9” — an outdated set of medical codes vital to providing care and used internationally since the 1970s to describe diagnoses and procedures. But the truth is that not all kids are healthy and many in our care suffer from rare and chronic diseases. For them and their families, our nation’s repeated delays in adopting an updated code-- the International Classification of Diseases-10th Version or ICD-10--means that physicians and researchers are unable to share valuable data and updated knowledge that could improve their quality of life and, in some cases, mean the difference between a child’s life and death.
Read the full story here: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/241840-giving-our-children-a-better-chance-for-quality-healthcare