The Rheumatologist: ICD-9 Freeze and ICD-10 Code Update
“Each year as a part of normal coding process, diagnostic codes are updated to reflect revised, new, and deleted codes through the CMS ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee,” says AAPC ICD-10 trainer Antanya Chung, CPC, CPC-I, CRHC, CCP in the Rheumatologist. With the new coding set right around the corner, it’s natural for coders to ask when the ICD-9 codes begin to freeze, etc.
The code freeze calendar is:
- October 1, 2011: Last annual updates to ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes will be made
- October 1, 2012: Only limited code updates to ICD-9 and ICD-10 to capture new technologies and diseases will be allowed
- October 1, 2013: Limited code updates to ICD-10 code sets allowed, in order to capture new technologies and diseases
- October 1, 2013: ICD-9 codes will cease to exist for reporting
- October 1, 2014: Regular updates to ICD-10 will restart
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