Apparently, it was already adopted in many other countries years ago but, from my limited resarch, the specific ICD-10-CM code adopted here has many more codes than other countries.<quoted text>
Again what value is all these codes? Will it improve medical care?
Is billing for getting bit by a turtle different from getting bit by a salamander? What are they going to do with this data? Identify which states you are more apt to get bit by a turtle?
The ICD-9 had 17,000 codes. The ICD-10-CM has 155,000 codes and can be expanded with subsets.
It is supposed to be make coding more uniform with other countries but how that many codes can simplify what is already going to be a chaotic and confusing transition with Obamacare is beyond me.