Recently healthcare providers were required to transition from the current healthcare coding system of ICD-9 to ICD-10. The acronym ICD stands for International Classification of Disease. Healthcare providers use these codes to classify disease conditions or procedures to support their reimbursement claims. U.S. healthcare providers have been using the ICD-9 coding system since 1979. Numerous countries have advanced from ICD-9 to ICD-10 supporting a greater level of detail classifying a patient’s disease condition and procedures performed. The U.S. has held off moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for a number of years due to the complexity and impact throughout every aspect of the healthcare business. The latest deadline for healthcare providers to comply with the ICD-10 coding system was October 1, 2014. A law recently passed gave healthcare providers a reprieve of adopting this new coding system for at least one year.
This reprieve of requiring healthcare providers’ adoption is