If your office or emergency room visit takes a little longer than usual, the cause may be the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).
ICD-10 went into effect on Oct. 1 after a one-year delay in implementation due to significant political pressure.
ICD-10 constitutes a series of letter and number codes for diseases, signs and symptoms, physical findings, and habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption. It also includes codes for different types of injuries or complications after the injury or disease. It replaced the prior ICD-9, which was published by the World Health Organization in 1978.
So what is the problem?