Published On: Sun, May 24th, 2015

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

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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 codes are three to seven characters in length and total 68,000 different codes; the ICD-10-PCS codes are seven characters in length and total roughly 87,000 codes. The transition to ICD-10 will be costly—and health care providers, especially those in smaller, independent practices, will face financial and administrative burdens, but a more detailed disease classification system is a good thing. It may allow researchers to study disease and injury more easily and, over the long term, may foster better disease management. However, adoption of the new ICD-10 comes with significant costs and trade-offs. (Grimsley and O’Shea, 5/18)

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