tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 9

ICD-10: Prepare for ICD-10 by Focusing on 6 Big-Picture Differences

Here’s the lowdown on main changes from ICD-9. October 2014 and the implementation of ICD-10 is coming fast, and all the information about transition can be overwhelming. Ensure your staff understands these six basic differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, and the switch 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-CM has 21 chapters; ICD-9 has 17. 3. ICD-9-CMs V and E codes are incorporated into the main classification in the ICD-10-CM code: Placeholders (X) are required to hold...

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