The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Coding and Nomenclature supports the move from International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). This article includes some of the justification for that position.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the final rule moving the United States from the 30-year-old ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM in January 2009, giving the health care industry more than 41/2 years to prepare for the changeover (and almost 2 years from the 5010 implementation). This move was needed because ICD-9-CM was running out of room trying to keep up with an expanding list of diagnoses. Standard electronic billing forms (HCFA 1500 and UB-04) have been modified to accept the 7-digit alphanumeric codes of ICD-10-CM for several years. The United States had the opportunity to implement ICD-10-CM at the same time it...

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