ICD-10: The Documentation Is in the Details

ICD-10: The Documentation Is in the Details – March 2014
by Margaret M. Maley, BSN, MS

The format and structure of ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes (Fig. 1) are so completely different that it is difficult to believe that in just a few months they will be used for the same purpose. When educating AAOS members about the transition to ICD-10, I and others have found that is it best to start with something familiar.

Then and now
In ICD-9, many orthopaedic codes began with the number 7 or 8. These numbers correspond with the chapters in ICD-9 that include diagnosis codes of a particular kind or category. In ICD-9, codes beginning with the number 7 are found in chapter 13: Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue and range from 710 to 739.

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