tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 11

Reader Question: Compare ICD-9 With ICD-10

Question: I’ve seen so much information about transitioning to ICD-10, but could you summarize the main differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 to help me see the big picture? Texas Subscriber Answer: There are six basic differences ICD-9 and ICD-10. Keep these in mind, and your switch to ICD-10 won’t be so confusing:\   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.ICD-9’s V and E codes are incorporated into the main classification in ICD-10...

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