Cerritos, CA, May 20, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made the final decision regarding ICD-10 transition and the deadline has been fixed as October 1, 2015. ICD-10 (or) International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision is an improvement over the existing ICD-9 code set. Even though the change is all set to happen, ICD-9 will continue to be in use until September 30, 2015. It is to be noted that the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures in any manner.
The main reason for the transition is:
· ICD-9 produces limited set of data about patients’ medical conditions and hospital inpatient procedures.
· ICD-9 is very old and has completely outdated terms. It is incompetent with the current medical practice.
· Most of the ICD-9 categories are already full and the structure of ICD-9 restricts the addition of new codes after a certain extent.
In response to the new deadline, AMA President-elect Steven J. Stack has stated, "While the AMA appreciates that physicians have additional time to comply with ICD-10, we continue to have fundamental concerns about ICD-10 and its implementation, which will not be resolved by the extra time. The AMA has long considered ICD-10 to be a massive unfunded mandate that comes at a time when physicians are trying to meet several other federal technology requirements and risk penalties if they fail to do so."
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