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'Partial' Freeze for ICD-9, ICD-10 Code Updates Planned to Ease Transition
Full ICD-10 Implementation Set for Oct. 1, 2013
By News Staff
The partial freeze calendar looks like this:
- Oct. 1, 2011: The last annual updates to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets will be instituted.
- Oct. 1, 2012: Limited code updates to ICD-9 and ICD-10 will be allowed only to capture new technologies and diseases.
- Oct. 1, 2013: Limited code updates to ICD-10 will be granted to capture new technologies and diseases.
- Oct. 1, 2013: ICD-9 will cease to exist for purposes of reporting.
- Oct. 1, 2014: Regular updates to ICD-10 resume.
Cynthia Hughes, C.P.C., an AAFP coding specialist, said the freeze was welcome news for the volumes of people training in ICD-10 protocol, particularly because the number of diagnosis codes will balloon from 14,315 in ICD-9-CM to 69,099 in ICD-10.
"There is now a sense of stability knowing the codes will be frozen for a period of time so that physicians, coders, nurses, billers and software developers have time to get familiar with this greatly expanded system," said Hughes.