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ICD 9 and ICD 10 Differences

The United States is the only industrialized country yet to adopt the ICD-10 coding classification system. There have been repeated delays with implementation of ICD-10. The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the implementation will take place in 2014. How do you think the continued delays in ICD-10 implementation will impact the health care industry?

The ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding classification systems are quite different. What do you think are the most striking differences between the two systems? What kind of challenges will coders face with learning how to code with ICD-10?

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The delays in ICD 10 implementation are multifaceted. I'll answer your second question first to give you some background.

The main differences between ICD 9 and ICD 10 codes are:
ICD is far more specific and allows for greater opportunity for research of specific diseases, more accurate reporting of morbidity and mortality rates of diseases.
ICD 10 is more up to date with diseases and their treatments, ICD 9 was created several decades ago and does not have codes for newly introduced diagnoses (some cancers for example)
ICD 10 is more difficult to use, and physicians are not used to documenting with such ...

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This solution of 406 words explores the differences between ICD 9 and 10, challenges of implementation and benefits in the healthcare industry.