The US Congress has mandated the replacement of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) with the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) effective October 1, 2013. Although October 2013 seems far away, it is time to begin preparing for the changes.
ICD-10-CM codes differ greatly from ICD-9-CM codes (see Table).
The American Academy of Pediatrics is in the process of developing training tools and presentations that will assist practices in the conversion to ICD-10-CM. AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™ will address ICD-10-CM coding guidelines and the most frequently used codes in future issues. Stay tuned and start preparing!