From ADA News:
After Sept. 30, dentists who take Medicaid patients and those covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act will not be able to use the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases, and the ADA is preparing to assist members to transition to the next version.
Another good reason to avoid the ACA.
ICD-10 CM is the latest version of the disease classification used in the United States to record many types of health and vital records, including death certificates. Europe is already using ICD-10 and is working to implement ICD-11.
The primary purpose of ICD clinical modification codes is for epidemiological tracking of illness and injury. In health care, diagnosis codes are used as a tool to group and identify diseases, disorders and symptoms.
Actually coding and tracking diagnosis and relating it to treatment makes a lot of sense. The problem as always is in the details. Our medical colleagues have been struggling with diagnostic codes for years and almost to a person do not like them. The two main problems seem to be codes that do not actually fit the disease and then denial of treatment based on diagnostic codes.
In dentistry we have a third problem. All to often dentists do not actually make or record a diagnosis and we conflate the diagnosis with the treatment. For example we may state that the diagnosis is a crown. No, that is the treatment the diagnosis might be decay or fracture.