The Power Of ICD-10

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We're just getting acclimated to ICD-10, and once again WHO (World Health Organization) has taken the lead with ICD-11 implementation.  It contains around 55,000 unique codes to identify injuries, diseases and causes of death. 

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly on May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will go into effect on January 1,2022.   This doesn't mean that it will be implemented in 2022.  This release is an advance preview that will allow countries to plan how to use the new version, prepare translations, and train health professionals all over the country.  For example, the Canadian Institute for Health Information has already launched web pages discussing their  preparation for ICD-11.  

The United States seems to be behind the rest of the world with code changes.  Let's embrace the change earlier since ICD-11 will be used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD coding; national health programme managers; data collection specialists; and others who track progress in global health and determine the allocation of health resources.

​WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)