VUMC completes transition to new ICD-10 system

After months transitioning clinics across Vanderbilt University Medical Center and training clinicians and staff, the move to the new medical coding and reporting system is complete.

Move to new ICD-10 medical coding system progressing

A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center project managers has been working in recent months to train staff and transition clinics to a new medical coding and reporting system set to go into effect later this year.

Photo: Readying for ICD-10

Monday’s ICD-10 Provider Fair offered an update on some of the changes scheduled to occur later this year as Vanderbilt University Medical Center shifts to ICD-10, a new medical coding and reporting system that will add more specificity to tracking medical diagnoses.

Medical coding system upgrade nearing rollout

To get a sense of how big a change it will be when a new medical coding and reporting system goes into effect later this year, consider this: The current system contains more than 14,000 codes for unique medical diagnoses. The new one has more than 68,000.

Move to new clinical code sets running on schedule

By Oct. 1, U.S. health care payers and providers will adopt a modified and greatly expanded version of the code set used for diagnoses and inpatient procedures. The ICD-10 code set (International Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision) will replace ICD-9, which has been in use in the United States since 1979.

New medical coding system nears rollout

Starting Oct. 1, 2014, U.S. providers and hospitals will be required to use a greatly expanded medical code set to categorize patient problems and inpatient procedures. The new code set will help sharpen health services analysis, but switching won’t be a simple matter.