ICD-11 Changes in 2017: What to Expect

As a physician, you have not quite gotten over the sting that you felt when ICD-10 was released. When the October 1st, 2015 implementation deadline came and went, you most likely breathed a sigh of relief. Now that you are getting used to the 68,000 codes that came with ICD-10, it is time to talk ICD-11. That’s right. The new International Classification of Disease (ICD) guidelines are set to be released from development in 2017, although a delay in release would not be surprising.

ICD-10 was developed in 1990 and not adopted in the United States until 2015. ICD-11, which was developed in 2007, builds upon ICD-10, but the exact date of release is unknown. Some estimate the adoption could be as late as 2023. Currently, a beta-draft of ICD-11 is available for public use. Once ICD-11 is released from development, it will enter into a vigorous quality assurance process. From there, it will be tested in a healthcare setting.

Feedback from healthcare testing will aid in implementing changes to the ICD-11 process. Luckily, ICD-11 builds upon ICD-10, so it should not be as large of an adjustment for many healthcare providers. If you are wondering what changes you can expect, below is a list of what we are predicting.

ICD-11 Proposed 2017 Changes:

  • Inclusion of key descriptions and definitions of each entity/category, which were not available with ICD-10
  • A Foundation Component, also known as a semantic network of words and terms, that will be complex enough to classify the following and more:
    • Mortality
    • Morbidity
    • Primary care
    • Clinical care
    • Research
    • Public health
  • Categories will be defined by logical operation rules
  • ICD-11 will link with terminologies such as SNOMED CT
  • Will include international multilingual reference standard for scientific comparability

Overall, it is safe to say that ICD-11 is expected to be much more of a digital product and will make usage of the coding system more integrative and user friendly. For providers who are still struggling with the limitations of the ICD-10 system, ICD-11 cannot be released soon enough.

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