Definition Thursday: International Classification of Diseases


International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9 or ICD-10):

International Classification fo Diseases (ICD) is the standardized and highly detailed classification and coding of diseases and injuries. ICD codes are alphanumeric and are ypically used in clinical settings and in the health insurance industry for determining coverage and payments allowed under a particular health plan.

ICD-9 is the version 9 codes, which was used to classify diseases, injuries, and deaths from 1977 until today. ICD-10 is the version 10 codes that was implemented in 2007. However, transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is expensive, so most U.S. providers have not yet switched over to ICD-10.

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