ICD-10-book-coverICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains information which physicians and other providers use to code all diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures recorded in hospitals and physician practices. The ICD-10-CM revision has more than 68,000 diagnostic codes, compared to the 13,000 found in ICD-9-CM. The revision also includes twice as many categories, and is more specific in identifying treatment. For example, ICD-10 provides codes to distinguish between a left or right leg; ICD-9 does not.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had intended to require implementation by October 1, 2014. However, on April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3402 which prevents H.H.S. from establishing ICD-10 as the standard code set before October 1, 2015.


Don’t Believe Everything you hear about ICD-10

Healthcare IT — Many healthcare organizations are focusing on being ready for the ICD-10 changeover on Oct. 1. Just as important is what will come after that.

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By On Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors And Patients Will Pay

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used the ICD system as the foundation for reimbursement since 1983. The ICD-9-CM consists of over 14,000 diagnostic codes that are three to five characters in length, and there are an additional 4,000 ICD-9-CM procedural codes that are three to four characters in length. The ICD-10-CM […]

By and On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Heritage Foundation strikes hard at ICD-10 mandate

The list of organizations lining up in opposition of ICD-10 is growing; as the latest in the fray, Heritage Foundation, is a conservative think tank that’s calling on Congress to abandon the code set transition. The Foundation’s new report titled, “The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors and Patients will Pay,” makes some rather strong recommendations […]

By On Thursday, May 21st, 2015

ICD-10 anxiety: Third-party billers say neither tech nor clients are ready

More warning signals are visible on the healthcare industry’s readiness for the upcoming switch to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, this time from a key revenue-cycle-management sector. According to a recent survey by the Healthcare Billing & Management Association, a lack of preparedness by the billers’ clients, predominately hospital- and office-based physicians, continues to be […]

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