Transitioning from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10CM: The examination of potential barriers

Patrick A. Rivers, Jemima A. Frimpong, Mary A. Rivers

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The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM in the United States has not occurred swiftly. While implementation of the revised system seems inevitable, there are questions regarding the readiness of the health care industry to adopt the new system. Inherent in the question of adopting ICD-10 are concerns of potential challenges to the various components that make up the US health care system. To address some of these questions, this article examines ICD-10 code sets and explores how they differ from the current ICD-9-CM code sets. Additionally, we analyze the specific financial impacts on the health care industry, especially upon health insurers and the medical technology and device industry. Lastly, we examine various arguments from industry and policy perspectives concerning the eventual transition to ICD-10 in the US health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-83
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Care Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • ICD-10CM
  • ICD-9-CM
  • Insurance industry
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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