International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a common language that compiles, reports and uses health care information. The World Health Organization (WHO) periodically upgrades the ICD.
What is ICD-10?
ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). This is the reporting system for morbidity statistics and mortality stats. It has been the requirement since 1999 and will be updated Oct. 1, 2013.
How do ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes differ?
Unlike the codes in ICD-9, ICD-10 codes are alphanumeric. These new codes will require compatible billing software and will employ data that provide more information about a patient's condition.
Where can I get more information about the ICD-10-CM?
http://www.cms.gov/ICD10 is an excellent source of updated information.
Will current coders need to be retrained to use ICD-10?
Yes. This presents an opportunity for coders to upgrade their training. Taking the ICD-10 aptitude test is a requirement for anyone looking to confirm his or her ability to code with accuracy.
Why prepare for ICD-10?
You can prepare now for the changes in the health care system that will affect every area of medical reimbursement.