Clinical Social Workers Be Aware: The ICD–10–CM is Coming!

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Clinical Social Work

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The International Classification of Diseases–9th Edition–Clinical Modification (ICD–9–CM) is a diagnosis classification system used to identify diseases. In 2003, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, P.L. 104–191) standardized uniform electronic code sets and identified ICD–9–CM, or its updated counterpart, as the diagnostic code set to use when seeking reimbursement for services performed. The ICD–9–CM is over 30 years old, contains outdated and obsolete terminology, and does not accurately describe diagnoses of the 21st century. Therefore, it will be replaced in 2013 by the International Classification of Diseases–10th Edition–Clinical Modification (ICD–10–CM).

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