Doctors, insurers and hospitals are preparing themselves for possible business disruptions on Oct. 1. This is when ICD-10 hits, a massive new set of codes meant to describe any illness or injury.
Under ICD-10, cardiologists will have over 800 codes for describing angioplasty. Dermatologists will have 8 different types of acne. Gastroenterologists who aren’t sure what’s causing a stomach ache will have to specify where the pain is located. Everything has its own separate code.
All in all, the number of medical codes will increase from 14,000 to 70,000 in ICD-10 (the International Classification of Diseases).
This article was originally posted by the Wall Street Jounral. You can read the full article here.