What is ICD-10?
The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (also known by the acronym ICD) is a health care classification system used to classify diseases, symptoms, signs, abnormal findings, social circumstances, complaints and external causes of injury or disease.
The International Classification of Diseases is sponsored by United Nations and published by the World Health Organization. The ICD is the most widely used statistical classification system for diseases in the world. Some countries like Australia, Canada and the United States have developed their own version of the system.
ICD codes are revised periodically; the 10th revision (ICD-10) is set to replace ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015 in the United States.
In the U.S. the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is an adaptation created and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ICD-10-CM system is based on the original ICD-10 codes but provide a more detailed classification for surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures.