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The Countdown Is On For ICD-10.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) developed ICD-9 in the early 1970’s, now thirty years later, it is time for the US to join the rest of the world and implement  ICD-10,  a diagnostic coding system to replace the current coding system, ICD-9.

There are many reasons the United States is moving to this coding system, one, the current system is out of room.  The system needs more codes to assign to new medical diagnoses. Improved technology will allow ICD-10 to improve analysis of disease patterns and  treatment while streamlining the medical process.

The organization and process of ICD-9 is similar to ICD-10 but the ability and number of codes available increases- ICD-9 has 13,600 codes while the ICD-10 has 69,000 codes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) announced in January of 2009 that ICD-10 will be implemented into the The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) mandated code set on October 13, 2013.   This is exciting news for the Health Care industry, but the Clock is ticking will you be ready?