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ICD-10 is the base that allows for more specific and standardized procedure coding. On October 1, 2015, the ICD-10 code sets will replace the existing ICD-9 code sets that have been used for more than 3 decades.

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been part the healthcare community for more than 100 years. The United States implemented the current version (ICD-9) in 1979. Since the year 2000, most industrialized countries began using ICD-10 with the transition for the United States occurring in 2015.

ICD-10 consists of two parts, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The ICD-10-CM code books are used for diagnosis in all U.S. health care settings. ICD-10-PCS code books are used for inpatient procedure coding in U.S. hospital settings.

ICD-10 transition will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), not just those who submit Medicare or Medicaid claims. Claims for services provided on or after October 1, 2015 should be submitted with ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Claims for services provided prior to October 1, 2015 should be submitted with ICD-9 diagnosis codes.

One big change that practices will notice with the ICD-10 transition is the number of digits used in codes. ICD-9 used 3-digit codes. ICD-10 codes have been increased to 7 digits. This will raise the number of codes from 14,000 to 69,000. This will allow practices to capture a more specific classification of procedures. The greater number of codes in ICD-10 doesn’t necessarily make it more complex to use. In fact, the greater number of codes makes it easier to find the right code.

The benefits of ICD-10 will impact everything from patient care to each practice’s bottom line.

Whatever your healthcare specialty, we can help. From physical therapy to psychiatric, dermatology to dental and optometry to ophthalmology, we have a full selection of ICD-10 code books that will help enhance your practice’s documentation and patient care. Plus, you’ll find ICD-10 software and books to improve your cash flow and increase productivity.