As of October 1, 2015, hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide have started implementing a significant expansion of their hospital medical coding systems, as required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The transition will hopefully go unnoticed by patients, but we wanted to provide you with an understanding of the change and how it might impact your care experience.
The coding system, known as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), is used worldwide for describing medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. The current version, ICD-9, has not been updated in more than 35 years. The new ICD-10 codes better reflect current medical practice, technology and procedures, allowing doctors and healthcare providers to select more detailed information about a patient’s disease, injury and treatment. The new system dramatically increases the number of codes available, moving from 18,000 in ICD-9 to 140,000 in ICD-10.
Now that healthcare providers have the ability to collect and include more detailed health information in your electronic medical records, patient registration and scheduling processes may take slightly longer than previous experiences. Some patients may also experience temporary issues with insurance providers that are not prepared to accept claims with ICD-10 codes, but these issues will be resolved between the insurance providers and the hospital.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is uniquely prepared for this change. We have been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired Hospitals” and have received national recognition for the implementation of our electronic medical record system.
Ultimately, ICD-10 will help improve our nation’s health care by providing healthcare providers with more accurate, detailed and standardized information. We appreciate your patience at we make this transition. Please read our FAQ below for more detailed answers to questions you may have.