ICD-10 is the abbreviated term used to refer to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS).
October 2011 – ICD-9-CM code sets freeze.
October 2012 – Limited code updates to both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to capture new technology and new diseases.
August 2015 – Official ICD-10 code set freezes. There will be no more changes to the ICD-10 code set.
October 1, 2015 – This is the official compliance date for implementation of ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures).
Implementation of the ICD-10 code sets will expand the number of diagnosis codes from 14,000 to approximately 69,000 and the number of inpatient procedure codes will grow from almost 4,000 to an estimated 72,000.
The new coding system will require more specific document from physicians about the care provided to patients. For example, ICD-10 has added "laterality" (i.e. distinguishing between left and right) to its structure.
Thus, not only will physicians will need to document this detail, but coders and other individuals that work with ICD codes will need to understand basic anatomy and physiology. The conversion to ICD-10 is expected to improve the data that is available for:
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