ICD-10 Launch for October 1, 2015

Only 5 months to go until the launch of ICD-10!  There is nothing to indicate the federal government will again delay this implementation.  ICD-10 (diagnostic codes) does not affect CPT (procedural) coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.

Here are some of the changes in regard to the diagnosis codes in ICD-10:

  • ICD-10 has gone from 17 chapters to 21 chapters.  In ICD-9, there were V-codes and E-codes that were not classified as “chapters.”  That accounts for 2 of the 4 new chapters.  The other 2 are the result of diseases of the eye and ear each being promoted out of the nervous system chapter.  There are also some codes that have been reclassified into more appropriate categories based on current medical knowledge.

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