Last year, the medical community adopted new and revised ICD-10-CM codes. For those who aren’t familiar, diagnosis codes help track patient populations, treatments and important effects of those treatments. In the U.S., diagnosis codes also track payment policies.
The use of such codes began more than 100 years ago to help index hospital records. The codes soon evolved and began tracking the incidence and prevalence of diseases, morbidity from diseases and mortality or death from disease.
From 1978 to 2015, the medical community was using the ninth of the international classification of diseases (ICD9) which was limited for patients with pulmonary hypertension. There were only two PH codes: one for pulmonary hypertension and one for all other secondary forms of PH. The new coding will include a whole new classification system for PH patients.
In this episode of the phaware podcast, Dr. Scott Manaker, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the University of Pennsylvania and at Penn Medicine, explains the new ICD10 diagnosis coding and how it affects the PH community.
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