Major Changes Coming with ICD-11 Implementation

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“Changes Coming with ICD-11”

The 11th Revision to the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11, is now available for implementation. ICD-11 is a scientifically rigorous product which accurately reflects contemporary health and medical practice and represents a significant upgrade from earlier revisions.

The new revision will have a definite impact on coding in all specialties. According to Dr Robert Jakob, Team Leader, Classifications Terminologies and Standards, for the World Health Organization, “A key principle in this revision was to simplify the coding structure and electronic tooling – this will allow health care professionals to more easily and completely record conditions.”

In addition, ICD-11 will be multi-purposed, with the structure defined in linearizations that incorporate properties and attributes with a focus on mortality, morbidity, the degree of primary care, research, and public health. It’s translated in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

ICD-11 allows countries to count and identify their health issues by using a current and clinically relevant classification system. Health conditions or accidents are assigned ICD-11 codes, resulting in data that can be used by governments to design effective public health policies, and measure their impact, allocate resources, improve treatment, improve prevention, or be used for clinical recording.

This latest revision is easier to use than before and for the first time, it’s fully electronic –  currently providing access to 17 000 diagnostic categories, with over 100 000 medical diagnostic index terms. The index-based search algorithm interprets more than 1.6 million terms. It’s easy to install and use online or offline, using free “container” software.

The cost of coding is low, and data capture is more accurate for the best quality output, thanks to the use of the latest technology. The innovative structure and digital format ensure interoperability with existing IT infrastructure.

ICD-11 covers a broad range of uses including, clinical recording, the collection and study of mortality and morbidity statistics, epidemiological research, casemix studies, quality and safety interventions and planning, primary care and more. It also offers more than disease diagnoses for statistical purposes – it also allows for the coding of signs, findings, causes of injury and harm, rare diseases, medical devices, medicaments, anatomy, severity scales, histopathology, work or sports activities, and more.

As your coders become familiar with the capabilities of ICD-11, it’s important to understand that with an “official” launch date of January 1, 2022, changes to the revision can, and likely will occur. Staying up to date can be a challenge. That’s why we encourage you to reach out to the certified, credentialed and highly-skilled healthcare information management experts at AMN Healthcare Revenue Cycle Solutions. We can help your organization stay abreast of the latest updates and insights re: ICD-11 implementation.



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