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New codes for classifying illnesses, diseases to begin Oct. 1

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A new set of codes used to describe illnesses and injuries will go into effect this month.

The Wall Street Journal reports that doctors, hospitals and insurers will switch to the latest form of the International Classification of Diseases or ICD-10 on Oct. 1.

The switch will expand codes from 14,000 to 70,0000. An example listed by the WSJ illustrates how cardiologist will now have not one, but 845 codes for an angioplasty.

The new system was reportedly scheduled for a 2011 launch, but was postponed three times.

The WSJ interviewed a physician who said problems may arise around Oct. 15 when medical claims are processed.

Health experts have said the new system is needed to help differentiate illnesses.

For example, the ICD-9 system adopted in 1979 does not differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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