Don't Like ICD-10? Don't Worry -- ICD-11 is on the Horizon

Posted by Team PracticeForces on Mar 4 2015

icd-10-calendarThe following excerpt was originally posted on, on March 2nd, 2015, stating ICD-11 is on the horizon:

"As U.S. physicians gear up to put the ICD-10 coding system in place by the upcoming Oct. 1 deadline, work is being done elsewhere on the coding system's next-generation product: ICD-11.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which coordinates implementation of the coding system, "ICD is currently under revision, through an ongoing Revision Process, and the release date for ICD-11 is 2017."

ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases; the system has been in use since 1948 (although an earlier version known as the International List of Causes of Death was first issued in 1893). The ICD "is the international standard for defining and reporting diseases and health conditions," the WHO says on its website. "It allows the world to compare and share health information using a common language."

Although physicians in the U.S. have gotten used to using ICD-9, the upcoming implementation of ICD-10 has caused controversy because the new version is much more granular, with a different number of digits and many more codes -- 68,000 compared with 13,000.

How much different ICD-11 will be from ICD-10 is hard to say, since it's still in development, explained Sue Bowman, senior director for coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association, in Chicago, in a telephone interview."

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Topics: ICD-10 Transition, ICD-10

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