Changing to ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure coding is a nail-biter for I.T. staff, health information managers, billing departments, and pretty much anyone who has to document anything about patient care.
The United State’s particular version of ICD-10 increases the number of possible codes by an order of magnitude over ICD-9, and it’s taking flak for being overly complicated. (A September 13 story in The Wall Street Journal poked fun at the industry’s coming ability to code for macaw attacks and chicken-coop injuries, and included a search tool so that readers could find their own proofs of absurdity.)
Gardner E. Good Things to Say About ICD-10. Health Data Manag [Internet]. 2011 Dec 1;19(12). Available from: http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/issues/19_12/icd-10-coding-code-43657-1.html