ICD-10 impacts many UW Health faculty and staff. Find out the specific types of changes each role should expect to see, and what types of training, support and resources are available:
What is ICD-10?
The International Classification of Diseases, ICD,is a classification system of diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases. It is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The current edition, ICD-9, has more than 14,000 different diagnosis codes. A companion volume, PCS, likewise classifies procedures. It contains approximately 4000 procedural codes (PCS) and is used solely in the United States.
The next edition, ICD-10, expands to more than 68,000 diagnosis clinical modification (CM) codes and up to 87,000 PCS codes.
What are the Benefits of ICD-10?
- Higher quality, more granular information for measuring safety, efficacy and quality
- Greater diagnostic accuracy and disease classification
- Greater achievement of the benefits of EHR
- Greater adaptability to advances in medicine and technology
- Alignment of US with coding systems worldwide
- Increased value in the US investment in SNOMED-CT
What is the History behind the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system?
- First developed in 1893 as “International List of Causes of Death”, ICD is the international standard for disease classification
- World Health Organization assumed responsibility in 1948
- Revised throughout the years
- Specific national adaptations or modifications allowed; US uses a “clinical modification” termed “ICD-9-CM”
- Current ICD-9 code has more than 14,000 different diagnosis codes and 4,000 PCS codes
- ICD-10 expands to more than 68,000 diagnosis CM codes and up to 87,000 PCS codes
Why Replace ICD-9?
- Lacks sufficient detail and specificity
- Running out of capacity – structurally limited
- Obsolete – does not reflect current knowledge and contemporary medical terminology
- Hampers the ability to compare costs
- and outcomes of different technologies
- Hampers the ability to compare data with the rest of the world, which is already using ICD-10
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