tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 7

Reader Question: Brush Up on ICD-10 Differences

Question: I’ve seen lots of specific examples of ICD-10 codes, but I think it would be helpful to know — what are the basic differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10? Georgia Subscriber Answer:  Understanding the following six main differences should make it easier when your practice makes the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014: 1.     ICD-10 codes are alpha numeric and up to seven characters in length; ICD-9 codes are only three to five characters. 2.     ICD-10 has 21 chapters; ICD-9 has 17. 3.   ...

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