Guest Column | November 11, 2014

Ebola: Yet Another Reason The U.S. Must Advance To ICD-10

HITO Dr. Pete Spitellie, Precyse

In October of next year, the United States will become the last industrialized nation to switch from the more than 13,000 codes of ICD-9 to the 70,000 plus codes included in ICD-10. We’ve all read articles making the case for sticking with ICD-9 because of “bizarre codes,” or that this update of our coding system will add little to the care of our patients. By Pete Spitellie, M.D., medical education director, Precyse Learning Solutions