The ICD-10 transition is inevitable, as the current ICD-9 coding system is very out of date. The ICD-9 coding set was implemented in the 1970s and contains information that is incompatible with current medical practice, according to a fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Many other nations around the world have already made the switch to ICD-10 coding. The ICD-10 transition will bring more opportunity for code expansion and enabling physicians to provide accurate diagnoses.
Since so many players in the medical industry use the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) including physicians, nurses, health IT professionals, billers, coders, and insurers, moving forward to the most accurate set available today is essential.
Clearly, transitioning effectively to the new coding set is a necessity, which is why CMS offers a variety of resources to ensure a successful ICD-10 integration across the healthcare industry. The Road to 10 website, for example, provides a customized plan for physician practices to adopt the coding set and new technologies that are relevant to their needs.
Whether a hospital or clinic specializes in pediatric care, OB-GYN, cardiology, or internal medicine, the Road to 10 online resource offers tailored ICD-10 transition strategies for any and all medical facilities.
Additionally, CMS provided this flyer to educate providers, payers, and vendors on the ICD-10 transition. Vendors, especially, will need to work with healthcare providers to install and implement equipment that meets the requirements of the new coding set.
Since many other countries have already adopted ICD-10 coding, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that the release date for the next updated coding set, ICD-11, will be in 2017. WHO also offers ICD-10 training tools for providers and payers to become more educated in time for the October 1 deadline.
WHO reports that the ICD is being further advanced and developed through the next phase of ICD-11 in order to maintain the progress in medical care and among physicians. Due to the increasing capabilities of EHRs and health IT systems, the ICD-11 coding set will also be a useful addition.
The organization also states that entities will be able to access the ICD-11 coding set in multiple languages. Signs, symptoms, and definitions of disease will be reported “in a structured way” so as to improve accuracy.
ICD-11 will also be tailored for the transition to health IT systems and information networks. WHO also invites coding experts and other stakeholders to comment on the new ICD-11 developments through an online platform.
While the US healthcare system is still preparing to move forward with the ICD-10 transition, the WHO encourages experts across the globe to comment on and propose better classifications for ICD-11.
“The input from multiple parties will increase consistency, comparability and utility of the classification,” the WHO stated. “This shared process will lead to a global consensus on how diseases and health-related problems are defined and recorded.”