What is the difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10.?
This is probably the question that led you here.
There are many differences between the ICD-9 and ICD-10.
The are many medical professionals who have decided to stick to ICD-9 by ignoring the benefits of ICD-10.
The new set of codes has may advantages over the older one.
If you are still not sure whether you should switch to ICD-10, here are the top reasons why you should switch as soon as possible;
1. ICD-9 is not detailed enough to give accurate descriptions of modern medical procedures and services
ICD is old and outdated. It can cannot keep up with the modern medical procedures and services.
There have been many improvements in the medical world over the past 30 years.
There is no way that something that was created over 30 years ago will still be relevant in today’s world.
The fact that ICD-9 was built over 30 years ago makes it unsuitable in today’s medical world.
2. ICD-9 produces incorrect and limited patent data
This is one of the reasons why ICD-10 was developed in the first place.
ICD-9 gives patient data that is incorrect.
This makes it impossible for patients to receive the treatments that they need.
It also provides limited data.
Without adequate data, it is very difficult to come up with the best way to provide a patient what exactly what he/she needs.
3. ICD-9 makes use of antiquated terminology
The ICD-9 uses outdated terminologies.
This make it difficult for users to understand even the simplest things.
4. ICD-10 proves greater opportunity to provide evidence based treatment
The king of information that can be obtained from ICD-9 make it very difficult for clinicians to provide treatment that is based on evidences.
With the ICD-10, they are able to gather all the data they need to be able to provide evidence based treatment to their patients.
This helps to make it possible for clinicians to get things right the first time.
5. ICD-10 makes it easier for medical professionals to provide detailed supporting documents
Since the medical professionals are able to get adequate data when using ICD-10 than the information that could be obtained when using ICD-9, they are able to provide detailed supporting documents when they are required.
ICD-10 has helped to make it possible for clinicians to support their decisions or actions.