There are numerous legitimate reasons for transitioning from International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). ICD-9-CM is more than 30 years old, is outdated, and does not allow for inclusion of new diagnoses. The background of ICD and ICD-CM summarized as follows should be convincing enough to help you understand why we need to convert to ICD-10-CM:

Why should you start preparing now for the transition? As noted, ICD-10-CM is vastly different from ICD-9-CM. For this to be a smooth transition, you must understand ICD-10-CM so that you can effectively work with your software vendors (eg, electronic health records, billing), crosswalk your most commonly used ICD-9-CM codes to ICD-10-CM codes, and educate physicians, qualified health care professionals, administrative staff, and patients.

Look for additional information about ICD-10-CM on the CMS Web site at www.cms.hhs.gov/ICD10.

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