A Closer Look at ICD-10s

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December 2, 2012 by astancilwomack

In case you haven’t heard, the 10th edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (A.K.A. ICD-10 codes) must be implemented by October 1, 2014. I thought I was going to do some research and give you guys a quick run down, but as I was doing my research I am finding out that it is much more complicated than the current ICD-9 coding system. I did find an online training module provided by the World Health Organization that I will do and give you a more in-depth look into the coding system, but here are some quick facts I found from the American Medical Association:

  • The World Health Organization actually created the tenth revision in the 1990s and it has been widely adopted around the world.
  • Two major reasons for the revision: 1. The ICD-9 codes are outdated. There have been several diseases added to the catalog, but because the numbering system was already used, they were being assigned codes that were not consistent with the body location. 2. ICD-9 codes do not allow for much specificity. The new more specific codes will allow for more accurate reporting, and less rejection of claims.


Okay, so I know that probably wasn’t too helpful, but the information I could find is still very vague. I will complete the training module this week and hopefully give you a more in-depth report. Until then, do you guys know much about these changes? Are your offices already preparing for implementation?



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Mandy Stancil-Womack

My name is Mandy Stancil-Womack. I am interested in pursuing a career in medical management. I am learning as much as I can in order to start my career. This page allows me to explore different aspects of medical administration.

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