Transitioning to ICD-10

Health plans and providers are about to begin using a revised coding system to track diagnoses and procedures.

An older man and woman looking at a computer monitor accessing Personal Health Records.

On October 1, 2014, all health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically were to be required to use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called ICD-10, for diagnoses and inpatient procedures.

On March 31, 2014, Congress passed legislation prohibiting implementation of the requirement for at least one additional year: Not before October 15, 2015. President Barack Obama signed it into law on April 1, 2014.

The Issue

The new system has the potential of improving the health care system, but its costs and complications have caused some to question whether the costs outweigh the benefits.



Media Contacts

Sue Ducat

Health Affairs (301) 841-9962

Additional Media Contact: Melisaa Blair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 609-627-5725