Over 5,500 New ICD-10 Codes to be Added October 1

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave the green light to add just over 5,500 new ICD-10 codes for FY 2017 during an ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting last week.

The coding update will be implemented on Oct. 1, 2016, exactly one year after ICD-10’s transition deadline, and will include 3,651 ICD-10 hospital inpatient procedure codes and about 1,900 ICD-10 diagnosis codes.

Most of these new codes are focused on surgical procedures and, for the most part, the changes should have minimal impact on providers

There are a total of 75,625 valid ICD-10-PCS codes for the FY 2017 update as of March 9. This includes 3,651 new codes and 487 code titles which will be revised.

Of the codes added, 97 percent are cardiovascular system codes. Of the new cardiovascular system codes, 84 percent resulted from a group of proposals to create unique device values for multiple intraluminal devices and to apply the qualifier bifurcation to multiple root operation tables for all artery body part values.

Other proposals that resulted in new codes are in the lower joint body systems. In addition, there are new codes for intracranial administration of 10 substances using an open approach. There are also planned new codes for face transplant, hand transplant and donor organ perfusion.

The addition of the large number of new codes is due to a partial freeze on updates prior to the original ICD-10 launch date. The 2016 update will include the backlog of all proposals for changes to the code set.

Both new and revised PCS codes are available at www.cms.gov. The new diagnosis codes will be included in the hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for FY 2017, expected next month.

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