tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 3

ICD-10: Partial Code Freeze Should Lead to a Smoother Transition

Here’s what the present scenario is. Both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets are currently under a partial freeze during the implementation of ICD-10, which can lead to many questions. Here’s the latest on two issues of interest.  What Will Happen to Proposals for Changes During the Freeze? The ICD-9 Coordination & Maintenance Committee will continue to meet twice a year during the freeze. At these meetings, the public will be allowed to comment on whether or not requests for new diagnosis and procedure codes should be created based on the need to capture new technology...

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