Following are this year's changes to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes; those of particular interest to pediatric providers are in blue. On October 1, 2010, about 150 new, revised, and deleted diagnosis codes that have been requested by the health community become effective.

Specific areas of note this year include

You can find the complete listing of new, revised, and deleted ICD-9-CM codes at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd9/icdtab10add.pdf.

These new codes are effective (and must be accepted by third-party payers) on October 1, 2010. In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services no longer allows covered entities a grace period to implement new and revised codes.

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