The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has adopted ICD-10 as the new code set for reporting morbidities. The Final Rule naming the replacement of ICD-9 with ICD-10 was published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009. The final rule established the requirement to use only ICD-10-CM for encounters and discharges on and after October 1, 2014. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Federal agency responsible for use of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision (ICD-10) in the United States, has developed a clinical modification of the classification for morbidity purposes.
On October 1, 2014, all covered entities are required to have implemented the International Classification of Diseases 10th
Edition Clinical Modification / Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS), which replaces the current ICD-9 system.
ICD-10 is composed of two parts:
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedural Code Set (ICD-10-PCS)
- ICD-10-CM will be used in all settings (Diagnosis Coding)
- ICD-10-PCS will be used for only inpatient procedures (used by hospitals only)
ICD-10 implementation will change the way coding is currently done; the code-set will grow from its current 14,315 diagnosis codes to more than 69,099 codes. These changes will require very significant effort to implement. It is necessary to start preparations in your office now.
Please refer to the additional resources above to help your practice prepare for the change. For immediate research into the ICD-10 codes and guidelines, visit the CDC website by clicking the button below.