The U.S. implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system has been delayed several times, but members of a House subcommittee are reportedly set on making the October 2015 deadline stick. ICD-10, the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, is the manual most commonly used for coding medical diagnoses on claims for Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers. ICD-10 codes differ from current ICD-9 codes in several respects, including a different number of digits, but the biggest difference is the number of codes – 68,000 compared with 13,000. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee heard arguments for further delays earlier this week from physicians who stated that the switch could put them out of business.
Read full coverage of the debate from MedPage Today here.