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International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Federal agency responsible for use of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision (ICD-10) in the United States, has developed a clinical modification of the classification for morbidity purposes.

The ICD-10 is used to code and classify mortality data from death certificates, having replaced ICD-9 for this purpose as of January 1, 1999. ICD-10-CM is planned as the replacement for ICD-9-CM, volumes 1 and 2.

The ICD-10 is copyrighted by WHO  which owns and publishes the classification.

WHO has authorized the development of an adaptation of ICD-10 for use in the United States for U.S. government purposes. As agreed, all modifications to the ICD-10 must conform to WHO conventions for the ICD. ICD-10-CM was developed following a thorough evaluation by a Technical Advisory Panel and extensive additional consultation with physician groups, clinical coders, and others to assure clinical accuracy and utility.

The entire draft of the Tabular List of ICD-10-CM, and the preliminary crosswalk between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM were made available on the NCHS website for public comment.

The public comment period ran from December 1997 through February 1998. The American Hospital Association and the American Health Information Management Association conducted a field test for ICD-10-CM in the summer 2003. All comments and suggestions from the open comment period and the field test were reviewed, and additional modifications to ICD-10-CM were made based on these comments and suggestions.

Additionally, new concepts have been added to ICD-10-CM based on the established update process for ICD-9-CM (the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee) and the World Health Organization's ICD-10 (the Update and Revision Committee). This represents ICD-9-CM modifications from 2003-2011 and ICD-10 modifications from 2002-2010.

Specific improvements over ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 include: the addition of information relevant to ambulatory and managed care encounters; expanded injury codes; the creation of combination diagnosis/symptom codes to reduce the number of codes needed to fully describe a condition; the addition of 6th and 7th characters; incorporation of common 4th and 5th digit subclassifications; laterality; and greater specificity in code assignment.

The new structure will allow further expansion than was possible with ICD-9-CM.

On Jan 16, 2009 HHS published a final rule adopting ICD-10-CM (and ICD-10-PCS) to replace ICD-9-CM in HIPAA transactions, effective implementation date of Oct 1, 2013. The implementation of ICD-10 was delayed from Oct 1, 2013 to Oct 1, 2014 by final rule CMS-0040-F issued on Aug 24, 2012.

Until then the codes in ICD-10-CM are not valid for any purpose or use.

From CDC (US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) click here
ICD-10 is a coding language. Diseases, injuries are assigned a number, and that number is used for billing, and for generating tables. ICD-10 codes are generated in table form, links will be published in this page.
ICD-10 training can be done on the WHO website,click here.

Note that ICD-10 PCS is only used in the US.
Edited from WHO website:

"International Classification of Diseases (ICD)

"ICD  is used to monitor the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems.

"It is used to classify diseases and other health problems recorded on many types of health and vital records including death certificates and health records.

"It is the base for compiling national mortality and morbidity statistics by WHO Member States. It is used for reimbursement and resource allocation decision-making.

"ICD-10 was endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly in May 1990 and came into use in WHO Member States in 1994. The 11th revision of the classification has already started and will continue until 2015."