ICD-10: Mandate and Opportunity

November 2011
HealthLeaders Magazine;Nov2011, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p56
The article focuses on the impact of ICD-10 or the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases which takes effect in the U.S. in October 2013. It highlights the significant changes in diagnostic codes and procedures which the healthcare industry anticipates will increase from the present 14,000 and 4,000 under ICD-9 to 69,000 and 72,000 respectively. Discussed are the expected disadvantages such as slowdown in care and the ultimate benefits such as more specific coding.


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