Health Law Update: ICD-9

By , September 7, 2011 11:56 am

Health matters may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering law librarian roles and tasks. Yet we know better, health research is by no means unexpected and often turns up, depending on the needs of our patrons, professors, or practice groups. State and Federal health laws are in flux as are the cases surrounding them. Staying apprised of new developments can be tricky. The latest trick comes from the reigning system for health condition categorization,  the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. The impending October 2013 shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be a million dollar (if not billion dollar) wrangle with implementation and compliance. Getting it right will be expensive but getting it wrong will undoubtedly be more expensive.

The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch details online training to assist with the coding changes. The WSJ highlights Health Care Compliance Strategies as they leap into the ICD-10 effort with a digital library, offering training within a range of ICD-10 subjects. As 2013 approaches  we can expect to see other health care education companies throw their materials into the ring. We can also expect to see local seminars and programs popping up with some frequency. Lastly, the adoption of ICD-10 also means that our libraries will have to buy another large reference book.

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