ICD-10

ICD-10 refers to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification, that will be replacing Vol. 1 and 2 of the ICD-9-CM book on October, 1 of 2013. Increased requirements for code specificity in reporting diagnoses lead to expansion of the code set from 3-5 digits in length (in ICD-9) to 3-7 characters (in ICD-10). There will be total of 68 000 codes in ICD-10 code set comparing to 14000 that we have now in ICD-9. ICD-10-PSC will replace Vol. 3 of the ICD-9-CM that will be used to report inpatient procedures in hospitals. ICD-10 code set will allow greater flexibility for including new medical technologies and diagnoses information.

Some great information on ICD-10 and its history and implementation process is posted on the following websites:

http://www.aapc.com/icd-10/faq.aspx#what

https://www.cms.gov/ICD10/

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/hipaahealth-insurance-portability-accountability-act/transaction-code-set-standards/icd10-code-set.page

http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/

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