The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has had structural and space limitations that constrained its ability to accommodate advances in medical knowledge and technology. ICD-10 codes address these issues and also help in morbidity and mortality reporting. Information technology (IT) systems and infrastructure used by US health care stakeholders must be ICD-10 compliant by October 1, 2013, as mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. This paper discusses an ICD-10 migration approach and its impacts on payer/provider processes, as well as the business benefits of early adoption.
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