In October, insurance plans will no longer accept the medical coding for ICD9, and the new standard will move to ICD10.
ICD codes are used to record diagnoses and procedures in conjunction with hospital care in the U.S. The codes may be entered into a patient’s electronic health record and used for diagnostic, billing and reporting purposes.
The ICD10 codes are more specific and contain nearly 10 times as many codes as the previous coding method, however they will help the U.S. better align with the rest of the world’s health standards. The process requires a transition to version 5010 of the electronic health standards for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions.
There are several tools available to assist you with the conversion process, but it’s important if you use these codes, that you plan ahead for the new process. Here you can find the top 20 charts for more specialized types of care.
For more information on the conversion or to quickly covert an ICD code, click here.