Sentara is actively preparing for the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 throughout our company. Tools and technology upgrades along with training is underway! Sentara looks forward to a successful conversion on October 1, 2014 along with all others in the U.S. healthcare industry.
So, what is ICD-9 and ICD-10?
Today, the U.S. healthcare industry operates under the ICD-9 coding and documentation system developed by the World Health Organization in the 1970s. This coding and documentation system is used in the U.S. for documenting patient diagnoses and procedures. The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services decided that the U.S. should transition from ICD-9 to the more current ICD-10 system (developed in 1993). ICD-10 is commonly used throughout the world today.
There are 17,000 codes under ICD-9 and more than 141,000 codes in ICD-10. That is a lot of codes! This requires a lot of training and retooling of our systems and processes, but Sentara has been preparing for this change for more than two years. Stay tuned for more updates as Sentara continues preparing for a successful transition to ICD-10!