ICD-9 to ICD-10

More than an update, a leap in how we define care.

Modern History of the Medical Dictionary–ICD-10

The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases has served the healthcare community for over a century. The United States implemented the current version (ICD-9) in 1979. While most industrialized countries moved to ICD-10 several years ago, the United States is just now transitioning with a final compliance date of October 1, 2014. It's time our Medical Dictionary reflected modern medicine.

By Physicians for Physicians

Under the sponsorship of the WHO, a select group of physicians created the basic ICD-10 structure. Following this, each physician specialty within the United States offered their input on the subset of diagnosis codes required. In most cases, the specialties advocated capturing additional detail based on information that physicians intuitively use in delivering patient care.
These changes enhance current medical documentation standards to capture a greater level of detail in patient care. Accurate analysis of health data will help improve the quality and efficiency of delivering patient care, particularly as electronic sharing and exchange of health records grows.

The Differences will make a Difference

It is important to understand the major improvements and changes between ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes.

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