The transition to ICD-11 takes time – and understanding the new concepts being introduced is a key starting point. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the release of the International Classification of Diseases, Eleventh Edition (ICD-11) in 2019, the opinion among industry insiders regarding U.S. adoption of the new…
Reflections on ICD-11.    I would like to share some thoughts on ICD-11, for your consideration. First, ICD-11 is fully electronic; there will be no books. It has 17,000 diagnostic categories, and more than 100,000 medical diagnostic terms. The index-based search algorithm interprets more than 1.6 million terms. The World Health…
IFHIMA makes the case for ICD-11 adoption with latest whitepaper. As healthcare transformation progresses due to the digitization of data and advancements in medical science and technology, it is increasingly important that nations around the world begin planning for adoption of ICD-11.  The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has a…
An update on ICD-11 There is much going on with ICD-11 – but more so in other countries of the world than the United States, however.    I have a seat on the NCVHS (National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics) now, a four-year appointment that began last March. There are…
More than 4,000 cases were coded in the 2019 contest focused on outpatient coding. ICD-10 is well-established, and we are already discussing and planning for ICD-11. However, where are the long-anticipated and promised increased accuracy and most definitive diagnoses? At least one coding contest found outpatient coding in 2019 had…
Today’s coder must embrace APR-DRGs and HCCs in order to stay relevant. At the beginning of the year, Facebook’s “10-year challenge” hit the web, with users posting comparison profile pictures from 2009 alongside their 2019 selfies. I’ve since seen a recent resurgence of the challenge over the last week and…
It is important to understand the data needs for your organization from a content perspective as you prepare for ICD-11. As we talk about preparing for the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11, it is important to realize the importance of data. Healthcare data is important today for population health, determining…
EDITOR’S NOTE: George Vancore appeared during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays focused his report on lessons learned during the implementation of ICD-10 in preparation for ICD-11. This article is a summary of his remarks. When Chuck Buck recently asked whether I could summarize Florida Blue’s ICD-10 implementation success…
HCCs thrive on specificity and ICD-11 will provide a higher level of specificity than in ICD-10. For those of you who are coding for hierarchical condition category (HCC) purposes, you know that HCCs are categories of related ICD-10 codes. Only selected significant conditions to drive a payment HCC. That means…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ten Going on Eleven is a month-long series on ICD10monitor and Talk Ten Tuesdays that examine important issues related to the transition to ICD-11. Melanie Endicott with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) appeared as a special guest on a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays and…