Five Months Post-op with ICD10

15 March 2016

Five months ago the U.S. offically began to require healthcare providers to begin rendering their clinical diagnosis using ICD10 codes.  Leading up to the mandate of ICD10 codes on October 1, 2015, many consultants were convinced the ICD10 codes would create issues with physicians and delay insurance claims being paid in a timely manner. Similar to the hype of Y2K, ICD10 for the most part has been quickly adopted by healthcare providers with insurance carriers paying claims submitted using the ICD10 coding system.

There are five times the number of ICD10 codes (68,000) compared to the previous ICD9 codes (13,000). The good news about ICD-10 is that it adds the much-needed updates to medical terminology and disease classification, as well as codes that allow for comparison of mortality and morbidity data. is both ICD9 and ICD10 complaint.

What many patients don’t realize is that all diagnosis codes are reported electronically to their insurance carriers. Inaccurate diagnosis codes reported on a patient may  have a dramatic effect on their annual insurance rate. Should patients be worried?

Taking the time to review the ICD10 codes recorded in your health record is critcal to ensure your medical diagnosis are accurate. It is ultimately up to the patient to access their health records periodically and ensure that all medical diagnosis entered into their health record are accurate. Physicians are only human and mistakes can be made when selecting medical diagnosis especially when utilizing a new coding system such as ICD10.

To learn how you can access your health records online please have your healthcare provider contact