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Code Freeze Ends with Release of New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes

The ICD-10 implementation is behind the healthcare community. The transition has been referred to as smooth and successful. However, it is time to return to the system’s normal cycle of annual updates. The partial code freeze comes to an end October 1, 2016. During the freeze, only limited updates capturing new technology and disease were made to both code sets. These years of limited change has left ICD-10 in need of numerous code changes and now is the time to face the update task. Based on numbers discussed at the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting of March 9-10, 2016, this is no small task. What to Expect? There are 1,956 new codes, 313 deletions and 351 revised codes proposed for the 2017 release of ICD-10-CM. The codes are posted and can be viewed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics website. Updates to ICD-10-PCS nearly double those proposed for ICD-10-CM. We will be entering fiscal year 2017 with 75,625 ICD-10-PCS codes. Of the total number, 3,651 are new codes and 487 code revisions. These codes have been approved for the October 1, 2016 release. However, after the recent March meeting, it is likely more changes to the code set will occur. The complete list of proposed new and revised codes ICD-PCS codes is available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website. The details behind the proposed codes can be found in the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee’s meeting agenda. What do you think of the numerous proposed code changes? How will you prepare to implement the updates? We’d love to hear from you.