ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: Know the facts

ICD-10-CM has been updated to reflect the current clinical understanding and technological advancements of medicine. The code descriptions are designed to provide a more consistent level of detail for diagnosis coding. It contains a more extensive vocabulary of clinical concepts, body part specificity, patient encounter information, and other components from which codes are built. Likewise, ICD-10-PCS will require very specific documentation in the medical record. Reaching out to and educating the physician community will be fundamental in capturing the specificity needed.

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