August 17, 2016

The Fastest Way to ICD-11 is through ICD-10…

Time doesn’t wait for anyone and it sure isn’t waiting too long for ICD-11.

In Switzerland, the WHO (World Health Organization) is busy concocting the new code set with a projected release in 2018. Braced yourself? Good. Now breathe, because it took 17 years to implement ICD-10 after it was released by our federal government, so who knows (no pun intended) when ICD-11 will begin its implementation in the US. Some estimate as many as 10-15 years.

According to the National Committee for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICD-11 will be “an electric-only tool, supporting electronic health records (EHRs) and information systems. [ICD-11]…is touted as being a data-rich resource, making work easier for public health efforts, payers, policy makers and providers.”

ICD-11 will also be different aesthetically-speaking from ICD-10. It will have five new chapters added to its collection and a new coding scheme will include Arabic numerals rather than Roman. Codes will be different, obviously, and the stem code will now be found in the index.

Even though the permanent implementation will be years away, you can still access a beta version and make comments, suggestions and even ask questions through WHO’s website. This is a great way to get acquainted with what the future holds.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which plays a major role in enforcing the ICD system in North America, A fact sheet that was¬†issued in February that “it is not feasible to skip directly to ICD-11 because ICD-10 is a foundational building block prior to moving to ICD-11 … Several prominent industry groups, including the American Medical Association, have issued statements opposing transitioning directly to ICD-11 because of the complexity of the coding system and the best practice to implement ICD-10 to gain experience with that system first.”

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