The ICD (International Classification of Diseases) code is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management & clinical purposes. It is used for medical code lookups by physicians, nurses, researchers, health information managers & coders, health information technology workers, insurers & patient organizations to classify diseases and other health problems recorded on many types of health records, including death certificates. ICD 10 codes are also used by medical billers & payers for reimbursement purposes. This coding system provides significant improvements over the previous ICD 9 codes through greater detailed information and the ability to expand to capture additional advancements in clinical medicine.
ICD 10 Codes primarily consists of 2 parts shown below:
The diagnosis (ICD-10 CM) coding system developed by the CDC for use in all U.S. health care treatment settings. Diagnosis coding under this system uses 3–7 alpha / numeric digits & full code titles, but the format is very much the same as ICD-9-CM.ICD-10 CM • Diagnosis Codes
The procedure coding system (ICD-10 PCS) was developed by the CMS for use in the U.S. for inpatient hospital settings only. The new procedure coding system uses 7 alpha or numeric digits while the ICD-9-CM coding system uses 3 or 4 numeric digits.ICD-10 PCS • Procedure Codes