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ICD-10

Monday 22 September 2014

ICD-10 represents the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (usually referred to as “ICD”), now overseen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The overall goal of the ICD project is to standardize medical diagnosis and track diseases worldwide with the use of uniform codes to improve consistency among physicians and hospitals in recording patient symptoms and diagnoses. These systems are now also used to more accurately classify reimbursement rates.

Although the United States will be adopting this upgrade to ICD-9, we are actually one of the last major countries to implement the ICD-10 system.

While the US is technically set to begin using a modification known as ICD-10 CM (Clinical Modification that also tracks morbidity data) in October 2015, many other countries such as Australia, France, Germany, China and Canada have been using the system for many years. ICD-10 system is not new and has been in existence for nearly 20 years.

The ICD-9 of 17,000 items has grown to more than 141,000 in ICD-10.

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