It has been five years since those of us in the healthcare industry have had to prepare for updates to the ICD code set. During this time, updates were put on hold while the industry prepared for and underwent the ICD-10 transition. Now that ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS have been successfully implemented, it is time to prepare for long-awaited revisions and additions. Beginning October 1, 2016, we can now expect that there will be annual revisions to the ICD-10 code set, bringing the industry back to the regular update cycle.
In March of this year, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee met to review proposals for both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS that (if approved) would be included in the October 1, 2017 classification system addenda for fiscal year 2018. The coming 2016 update includes approximately 3,650 new ICD-10-PCS codes, along with approximately 1,900 new ICD-10-CM codes. The proposals also included nearly 500 revised ICD-10-PCS codes and 351 revised ICD-10-CM codes.
These new codes relate to devices, the addition of bifurcation as a qualifier, additional body parts, and codes related to congenital cardiac procedures and placement of intravascular neurostimulators. Changes to ICD-10-CM cover a greater list of body systems and sections of the code book, allowing more specificity for certain diagnoses to elevate patient care. For instance, there are proposed codes for blindness as well as low vision that allow more specificity to track sight loss in each eye. The full list of the proposed new ICD-10-CM codes, as well as additions and deletions, can be viewed at the Centers for Disease Control website.