About ICD-10

The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is a system used by physicians and other healthcare providers to classify and code all diagnoses, symptoms and procedures recorded in conjunction with hospital care in the United States. ICD-10-CM is comprised of nearly 68,000 codes. ICD-10 was created by the World Health Organization allowing for the capture and documentation of diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and associated causes of injury and disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) introduced a Procedural Coding System, ICD-10-PCS, which contains approximately 87,000 procedure codes not used by other countries. Healthcare providers and coders work closely together to assure complete and accurate documentation, assignment of codes, and reporting of diagnoses and procedures. Documentation in the medical record is critical to coding accuracy, and without this accuracy, the validity of coding is at risk.

The key to your success is staying informed, using what you learn and keeping your coding skills sharp; all of these will help you attain and maintain the accuracy necessary for coding in today’s health care environment.