Partial I-9/I-10 Code Freeze Begins 2012
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee announced its intentions for releasing new codes during the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10 transition at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) meeting, Sept. 14-16, in Baltimore, Md.
Regular updates to both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM will occur as usual next year, but updates to both code sets will be limited in 2012 to accommodate new technologies and diseases only. A limited update to ICD-10 also will occur in 2013, when the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is complete. A full update of ICD-10 will occur in 2014.
The committee proposed the partial code freeze at its March 2010 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance meeting and finalized the decision at the fall meeting after considering many industry stakeholder comments submitted up through the June 18 comment period announced in the 2011 Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) proposed rule.
More information about ICD-10 and it’s implementation can be found on the AAPC website.