In a recent issue of ICD10 Monitor, my colleague Cassie Milligan and I analyzed the “Top 10 Coding Killers”. For the full article with more details for each topic, click here.

As it does every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its list of the leading causes of death in the United States. With the transition to ICD-10 and new codes facing provider organizations looming on Oct. 1, 2016, what should coders be aware of regarding this list?

 A Look at the List 

According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) official report, these were the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2015, along with the number of deaths for each:

  1. Heart disease: 614,348
  2. Cancer: 591,699
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
  5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
  6. Alzheimer’s disease: 93,541
  7. Diabetes: 76,488
  8. Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773

For most organizations, this list is consistent with your top DRGs and high-volume cases. But knowing the specific ICD-10 changes for each is critical. 

Want to know more about how to code this checklist? Click here for the full article ICD-10: Coding the Killers >>