Application Of Icd 9 And Start Using Icd 10

1640 Words Oct 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Eloy Quesada As of October 1, 2015, all healthcare providers will be required to stop using ICD-9 and start using ICD-10. Switching over to the more in depth system of ICD-10 will require adjustments from large healthcare providers, like hospitals, as well as small practices run by doctors in order to successfully adapt. Some will have to adjust more than others. While hospitals are bigger and more complex, they will have an easier time adjusting to ICD-10 than small practices, which are operated by a single physician or a group of physicians.
ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases and is used by countries all over the world as a standard diagnostic tool. ICD has many uses throughout the health industry. For the most part ICD is used to classify diseases but due to this it is also used to determine national mortality and morbidity statistics. ICD codes are universal and used by all health professionals to identify each patient’s diagnoses. Because of it’s universal use, ICD codes are also used for reimbursement and resource allocation. Up until now all healthcare providers have been using the ICD-9 system of codes. The problem with ICD-9 however is that it is too broad and doesn’t provide enough detail on medical records. Because of this broadness ICD-10 was developed to be more specific and concise. The total number of codes in ICD-9 is 13,000 compared to the 68,000 codes of ICD-10. With ICD-10 physicians will be able to more closely define the problem…
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