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Healthcare News: ICD-9 code freeze finalized

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 21, 2010

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During the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting September 15, the committee finalized a partial freeze for ICD-9-CM codes. The last regular, annual updates to both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets will be October 1, 2011.

On October 1, 2012, the committee will make limited code updates to both the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to capture new technologies and diseases as required by section 503(a) of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.
 
There will be limited code updates to ICD-10 code sets to capture new technologies and diagnoses October 1, 2013. However, the committee will not make any updates to ICD-9-CM. On October 1, 2014, regular updates to ICD-10 will begin.



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