16 Nov An Overview of ICD 10 from a Top Medical Billing Company
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is seeing a major upgrade. The main reason is the lack of information available and gaps in the descriptions of diseases and injuries that lead to serious health conditions and death. The goal of the ICD is to create a cohesive and complete classification list for healthcare providers around the globe to use in an attempt to reduce confusion and improper cause-of-death classifications.
What is ICD?
The ICD is essentially an analytical report of circumstances, reported diseases, documented injuries, and the level of care a patient receives. The original ICD classification list was established in 1850 and has had nine previous revisions as causes of death become more complicated. Some classifications are not straight forward and require multiple classifications with a primary and secondary, or several secondary, inclusions.
Lists and Terminology for Cause-of-Death Codes
The updated list of terminology for cause-of-death codes has significantly increased. In some cases, a person can have a terminal disease but it is not the reason for their death. This is why the ICD-10 updated list is required. An accurate account of the final examination of the remains is important for life insurance reasons, forensics, and for closure for family members.
Some medical terminology is difficult, even for professionals to decipher. For this reason, the ICD-10 has descriptions accompanying these lists. The descriptions briefly explain the item on the list, such as the type of injury or type of deformity that caused the death.
Alphabetical List of Diseases and Injuries
The list in the ICD-10 is alphabetical to assist physicians and coroners in selecting the appropriate cause of death. That being said, this standard list is to be used in every country around the world. There should be no reason for error with the elongated and easily categorized list.
By alphabetizing the list, it is easier for physicians and coroners to find their desired cause of death. It is virtually impossible to memorize this extensive list, unless it is a frequently used cause such as natural causes due to age, a gunshot wound, or severe trauma, for instance.
Guidelines for Coding Procedures
With the ICD-10, there are strict guidelines in place in regards to coding causes-of-death. One of the main reasons for the change is that many families have difficulties obtaining insurance funds after a loved one has passed.
The unclear codes and classifications confuse insurance agencies and often delay the release of funds. It is also confusing when the cause-of-death is injury based due to a crime occurring. Specific notes and inclusions documenting the findings must be absolutely accurate. The simplified guidelines of the ICD-10 clearly lay-out the process and deciding factors for certain causes-of-death to be listed.