JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published research on the prevalence of diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2 among children and adolescents showing a 21% increase in type 1 and 30.5% increase in type 2 diabetes between 2001 and 2009.1 This increase in the number of children presenting with diabetes indicates that pediatricians are more frequently diagnosing and caring for children with diabetes. This is good reason to review the future of diagnosis coding for these conditions: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM).

Most physicians are familiar with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes in the 250 category that include diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2. The fourth and fifth digits of these codes identify manifestations, type of diabetes, and control status. ICD-10-CM addresses diabetes by type, identifying each type with a separate code category. For example, type 1 diabetes...

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