ICD-11 release delayed until 2018 [UPDATE]

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 have been released on June 18, 2018

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, and was released on June 18,2018. However, the new version will still take some time to go into full swing. According to WHO, a version of ICD-11 was released on June 18, 2018, to allow for preparation for implementation. Once ICD-11 is unrestricted 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. WHO originally expected this process to be done in May 2018, but there is still no word on the completion rate for the roll-out. 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.

Here are the resources readily available for now:

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 and will take time, but it is imperative to stay informed on release dates and future updates for ICD-11.


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