ICD-11 RELEASE DELAYED UNTIL 2018

ICD-11…Wait What?
It seems like yesterday that the release of ICD-10 shook the medical industry. When the October 1st, 2015 implementation goal came and went, everyone in the healthcare industry had a sigh of relief. Nevertheless, shortly after came the absorption of 68,000 new codes for ICD-10. While many are still adjusting to the growing pains and challenges of ICD-10, it won’t be long until everyone must begin the transition over to ICD-11.
“Wait what?” …No, we are not joking. The new International Classification of Disease (ICD) guidelines is set to be released from progress in 2018.


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According to World Health Organization (WHO), ICD coding is used across the world for health diagnoses to guarantee that every country is in sync with the most up-to-date research, medical knowledge, and to track illness to focus resources according to need. The United States currently has an adapted version, commonly known as the ICD-10-CM (for “clinical modification”), which is used for diagnosis coding by health care providers in the U.S. Although ICD-10 was established in 1990, it was not officially integrated into the U.S. until 2015.


What we know…so far
Developed in 2007, ICD-11 builds upon ICD-10, but the exact date of release is unknown. However, a beta-draft of ICD-11 is currently accessible for public use. Once ICD-11 is released from development, it will enter a dynamic quality assurance process. From there, it will be tested in a healthcare setting. Once these steps are complete, it will be rolled out industry-wide. According to WHO’s project plan, this is expected to be accomplished by May 2018. The healthcare testing stage of the ICD-11 rollout is tremendously significant as the feedback will support in the executing changes to the ICD-11 development.

ICD-11 ANTICIPATED CHANGES:

  • Presence of key descriptions and definitions of each entity/category
  • 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 rational operation rules
  • ICD-11 will connect with terminologies such as SNOMED-CT
  • International polyglot reference standard for logical comparison

Embracing the Future
Given the history of these transitions, it’s important to note that once the new ICD-11 version is published, the U.S. will still need to generate its own adapted version for release. The good news for healthcare providers is that ICD-11 builds upon ICD-10. It is safe to anticipate that this will rollout will take time, but it is imperative to stay informed on release dates and future updates for ICD-11.

For more anticipated changes, connect with us and check out the ICD-11 beta draft here: ICD-11 BETA DRAFT


Resources & Credits:

  • “ICD-11 Revision.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/en/.
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