WHO Said ICD-11 is Coming Soon

June 26th, 2018 - Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
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Sooner or later ICD-11 will be released, and it sounds like it will be sooner than later. WHO released the news on June 18, 2018. The World Health Organization stated “ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect on 1 January 2022. This release is an advance preview that will allow countries to plan how to use the new version, prepare translations, and train health professionals all over the country.”

Dr Lubna Alansari, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Metrics and Measurement, says: “ICD is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease.”

There will be some changes such as there will be no alpha “I” like we are used to seeing in ICD-10 for cardiology and the letter “O” will no longer be used for obstetrics codes. 

Take a look at a few examples of what we will see with ICD-11.

NC32.50

Fracture of lower end of radius, dorsal tilt 

Colles fracture

NC32.51

Fracture of lower end of radius, volar tilt 

Smith fracture

FB80.7 Malunion of fracture

All ancestors up to top

Postcoordination  

Add detail to Malunion of fracture

Laterality (use additional code, if desired)

  • XK9J Bilateral
  • XK8G Left
  • XK9K Right
  • XK70 Unilateral, unspecified
  • XK6G Unspecified laterality

Specific anatomy (use additional code, if desired)

According to ICD-10 Monitor the code for Type 1 DM with diabetic retinopathy will look like this: 

6A10 Type 1 diabetes mellitus MG45 Diabetic retinopathy Final code:   6A10/MG45 

Chapters used with ICD-11 - Mortality and Morbidity Statistics will have several changes such as the addition of several new chapters. There will be a chapter for Supplemental Extension codes used to identify more detail, history, injury, staging.

01 Certain infectious or parasitic diseases

02 Neoplasms

03 Diseases of the blood or blood-forming organs

04 Diseases of the immune system

05 Endocrine, nutritional or metabolic diseases

06 Mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorders

07 Sleep-wake disorders

08 Diseases of the nervous system

09 Diseases of the visual system

10 Diseases of the ear or mastoid process

11 Diseases of the circulatory system

12 Diseases of the respiratory system

13 Diseases of the digestive system

14 Diseases of the skin

15 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system or connective tissue

16 Diseases of the genitourinary system

17 Conditions related to sexual health

18 Pregnancy, childbirth or the puerperium

19 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

20 Developmental anomalies

21 Symptoms, signs or clinical findings, not elsewhere classified

22 Injury, poisoning or certain other consequences of external causes

23 External causes of morbidity or mortality

24 Factors influencing health status or contact with health services

25 Codes for special purposes

26 Traditional Medicine conditions - Module I

V Supplementary section for functioning assessment

X Extension Codes

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