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Top 10 Things to Know
  1. The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that ICD-9 codes must be replaced by ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1, 2014.
  2. Texas Health Resources will provide education, training and support.
  3. Texas Health Resources’ goal is to facilitate the successful adoption of the ICD-10 mandate with the least possible impact on productivity and revenue.
  4. ICD-10 represents a significant change in medical coding that impacts business and clinical operations, processes and IT applications.
  5. ICD-9 is out of room for new codes and lacks specificity; the new code format is expanded, which means it can include greater detail within the code.
  6. While ICD-9 has approximately 13,600 codes, ICD-10 has approximately 69,000 codes.
  7. ICD-10 diagnosis codes will include three to seven alpha and numeric characters representing a category; etiology/anatomic site/severity; and additional information.
  8. ICD-10 procedure codes will include seven alpha and numeric characters representing section; body system; root operation; body part; approach; device; and qualifier.
  9. ICD-10 will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014. There will be no more delays according to CMS, so get ready!
  10. Questions or concerns about ICD-10? Send an email to