After many delays and amid a good deal of concern, the October 1, 2015, date for the transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is upon us.

Future issues of AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter will include International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis codes only in discussion of services that occurred prior to October 1, 2015. Although physicians and coders have been preparing for this transition for several years, delays in implementation and other changes in the practice environment may have limited the usefulness of the transition period. In consideration of this, we are devoting an entire issue to ICD-10-CM. In this issue, you will find articles on the basics of ICD-10-CM as well as detailed tips, guidelines, and conventions for the transition.

Here is a quick review of the basics needed for a successful transition from ICD-9-CM...

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