Coordination and Maintenance to Discuss Final I-9/I-10 Full Updates

The last National Committee for Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) meeting to address regular, full updates for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets will take place March 9-10, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) auditorium at CMS headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Registration for the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee closes March 4, or when full capacity is reached. However, if you can’t be there, you can listen in by phone. Coordination and Maintenance will discuss in a public forum setting proposed annual updates for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets. The tentative agenda runs the gamut, from cardiac valve replacement to cerebral and tissue oximetry. Procedure codes will be discussed the first day and diagnosis codes the second. The comments and discussion will result in the annual ICD addenda.

The Oct. 1, 2011 update is the last regular update for both code sets before the partial “freeze.” To prepare for the final ICD-10 conversion, limited updates to both code sets will be made Oct. 1, 2012 to capture new technologies and diseases only. Conversion to ICD-10 takes place Oct. 1, 2013, at which time the ICD-10 code set will be updated to capture new technologies and diseases only—and the 32-year-old ICD-9-CM code set will be no more. Regular, annual updates to the ICD-10 code set will begin Oct. 1, 2014.

There may still be time to register for this event. Phone lines are being made available for those who cannot attend in person. Those dialing in for the meeting need not register online. External participants dial 1-877-267-1577 and use the meeting ID 9141. If you miss the meeting entirely, look for the audio file, which should be posted on the CMS website shortly thereafter.


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