What is ICD-10 and why is the switch to ICD-10 happening?

The health care industry is making the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 because ICD-9 codes provide limited data about patients’ medical conditions and hospital inpatient procedures. ICD-9 is 30 years old, it has outdated and obsolete terms, and is inconsistent with current medical practices. Also, the structure of ICD-9 limits the number of new codes that can be created, and many ICD-9 categories are full. ICD-10 codes allow for greater specificity and exactness in describing a patient’s diagnosis and in classifying inpatient procedures. ICD-10 will also accommodate newly developed diagnoses and procedures, innovations in technology and treatment, performance-based payment systems, and more accurate billing. ICD-10 coding will make the billing process more streamlined and efficient. This will also allow for more precise methods of detecting fraud.

What are the ICD-10 codes? Why are they different from ICD-9 codes?

In order to increase clinical accuracy, to improve disease tracking and trending, and to document with a higher level of specificity, the World Health Organization developed a more granular set of codes called ICD-10. The new diagnosis code set expands the number of codes from 14,000 ICD-9 codes to 68,000 ICD-10 codes. The procedure code set increases from 4,000 to 87,000.




Number of possible Codes


Up to 68,000





First digit numeric

First digit alpha



Right, Left, Bilateral

Scope for Growth



What does ICD-10 mean for your practice?

For physicians, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 means more specific documentation requirements and a massive code-set increase. For the coding staff, it means increased clinical knowledge and concurrent coding between ICD-9 and ICD-10.

MD-Reports EHR v9i(mu) will incorporate the necessary ICD-10 coding tool, a powerful and easy-to-use application, that will help our current and potential clients leverage the system capabilities to meet the challenging needs.

The ICD-10 ready version of MD-Reports EHR will include all the ICD-10 functionality and provide the basis for payer testing. MD-Reports is committed to helping you tackle the ICD-10 transition with ease.