Introduction to ICD-10 Coding

Introduction to ICD-10 Coding

Welcome to CMS eHealth. Here at CMS, advancing health
care is an important goal, and we believe that having
access to the best medical data is one way
to get there together. Health care has been progressing
by leaps and bounds with everything
from new clinical procedures to the invention
of cutting-edge technologies. One piece of the data solution
includes the use of updated medical codes. A new ICD-10 code set will
replace the old ICD-9 codes. These ICD-10 codes reflect current medical practice
and technology. Procedure codes for outpatient
services will remain the same. Using ICD-10, doctors can
capture much more information, meaning they can better
understand important details about a patient’s health. Also, the level of detail
that is provided by ICD-10 means researchers
and public health officials can better track diseases
and health outcomes nationwide. With more specific codes,
descriptions accurately reflect key aspects of the patient’s
disease, condition, or injury. For example,
ICD-9 codes might convey that a patient has a broken arm. ICD-10 codes can indicate
whether it’s the right arm that is broken or the left. Some other details
that can now be captured include related
medical conditions, the causes
of medical conditions, and the specific location
on the body. Capturing these details
will allow providers to better document
a patient’s visits and their health histories. For example, let’s say
that Ann goes to see a doctor. The new codes allow the doctor
to capture details about Ann’s health conditions. A year later, Ann goes
to see a new doctor. The new doctor can now
get a better understanding of Ann’s health history. In terms of
information technology, ICD-10 gives providers a coding
system that’s both standardized and streamlined so that patient
records can be easily and securely shared between
health care providers. Take steps now to get
on the road to ICD-10. For resources, tools,
and fact sheets, go to the CMS website

11 thoughts on “Introduction to ICD-10 Coding”

  1. Medical Billing and Coding Education On-line

    Great Information! I'm sharing it on my page so that all members are aware of the need for training!

  2. Does that mean if I refer a patient to another phsycian I don't have to send their records I can just send them their ICD-10 code?

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  4. The people entering the "data" know that when a $ is added to the data, that it becomes financial data, not medical data. So, anyone who would ultimately use data derived from ICD-10 will know that that it is not likely to be accurate if used as medical data.

  5. It would be nice to have a website that had a place where you can post for example what you have and it will tell you what the ICD 10 Code is for it or the list of ICD 10 Codes are for what you have?
    For example, I in about's 2002 was diagnosed with a (Spatial Diffused Global Weakness). The site would allow me or a person to type this in and then allow me / a person to list different symptoms and how the different symptoms effect me / a person. It then would have a list of things where you put a check mark beside different words that would apply or are as close t what you described. Does the symptom always, Some of the time, Never etc effect you. This would be set up for each symptom you list for what you type. There would be a place where you type what you think you have or know you have. Below that you will have a button that would say (Add Symptom Description). You can keep adding more of these until you are done. After that you hit the continue button to search for another one and do the same process over again. When you are done with all of these you can ether Print, Email these results to your doctor or save them on your computer. It will provide them with the codes and full description so your doctor can help you and they will have a guide to helping you faster. The site needs to have a way for a person to have a free account that they can keep all of their information safe and secure and if something needs to be updated it can be up dated.
    This is just one of the things that I have.

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