Health Information Management

ICD-10 at long last: Prepare for implementation by 2013

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2009

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On January 15, CMS released two final rules: one mandating a switch from ICD-9-CM to the more ad¬vanced ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and another requiring a transition to Version 5010 of the X12 stan¬dard—the standard for sending data between comput¬ers—to allow for use of the new code sets.

The healthcare industry has waited a long time for these changes. Most software systems from the 1970s are past their prime, long since retired to make room for the new and improved. Finally, ICD-9-CM—a code set origi¬nally intended for only a decade or so of use—can move into that category.

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