Medical coding personnel currently work within a protocol called ICD-9. This system was established by the World Health Organization in 1979 at their 29th Assembly. Medical knowledge, technology and procedures change at a startling pace, however. Because of this the WHO was preparing even in 1979 for the 10th revision of the system. They contracted the work to 3M corporation and a final draft of the document was finished in 1998. Many countries have adopted ICD-10 already, and the United States began using it for mortality data in 1999. While it may seem irrelevant, the change in systems has already altered how causes of death are recorded, leading to different statistical conclusions. With medical coders preparing for the October 2013 adoption of ICD-10 for procedures and morbidity information, health professionals and the general public need to know what the change will mean for them.
Medical Billing and Coding Certification was created for healthcare professionals and organizations seeking a better understanding of ICD-10 and how to migrate successfully to the new protocol. We created a full guide that describes all the technical changes and also provide resources for proper implementation so your organization meets all mandatory compliance dates.