ICD-11 Implementation

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Abstract Developed in the 1970s, the ICD-9-CM code set no longer fits with our current healthcare system needs. ICD-9-CM is currently being used for many more purposes than when it was originally intended and it is no longer fitting for our 21st century health information needs. Continuing to rely on this outdated and imprecise platform adversely affects the value of healthcare data. Although, a number of years ago most industrialized countries have moved to ICD-10 platform, the US is just beginning this transition with a final compliance date of October 1, 2015. That is if it isn’t once again pushed back or just gotten rid of entirely. ICD-10-CM Implementation ICD-10-CM is the US clinical modification of the WHO’s ICD-10,…show more content…
In a way this makes sense, I mean we are already way behind on times moving to the new platform and why go through the trouble of switching platforms twice. Well, many things come into play when you’re talking about this and there are a couple of things that jump to my attention that would make that jump difficult. First off, talks of the ICD-11 implementation are still at least 10 years out under best circumstances in the US. This would mean that we’d be stuck with outdated systems for even longer and having us be on ICD-9 for 45 years. Unfortunately on top of that, ICD-11 doesn’t even include a procedure classification system, which means a procedure coding system for use in the US could need to be developed and it is estimated that this process of developing a US clinical modification would take close to a decade. Even if we could consider this, another problem we’d have is a lot of the ground work for ICD-11 is in ICD-10. ICD-10 is the serious foundation work for 11 and without it the industry would completely miss out on a lot of training and experience which is needed for a smooth

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