March ICD-10 Extras

Organizations can find examples of complexity in applied mappings and a glossary of terms in the online version of the March practice brief  “Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice.”

According to the practice brief, “A single one-size fits all map might seem like a reasonable solution; however, such a map would mean the code sets were so similar that there would be no point in transitioning to ICD-10-CM/PCS. The correlation of specificity and meaning between the two code sets is not that simple.”

Appendix A, “Examples of Complexity in Applied Mappings,” outlines examples of complexity in applied mappings, which illustrate why a one-size-fits-all map is not possible.

Appendix B, “Glossary of Terms,”  outlines  definitions for the terms used in the brief.

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  1. The diversity in the nature of ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding means that the task of developing a nation wide single workable translations and crosswalks is highly challenging and complex. IMO any healthcare organization that tries to address all of them only through GEM is at significant risk of paralyzing itself. A thoughtful and rational approach is essential to derive the best from the out of the box maps available in the GEM. But that cannot happen without availability of reference clinical data.

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