Each year in October, the Director of NCHS and the Administrator of CMS approve the release of new ICD-9 codes and revisions of existing ICD-9 codes. New and updated codes should be used beginning on October 1, 2010.
The list of new and updated codes is sometimes long, and not all codes apply to pediatric offices. PCC's Certified Pediatric Coder, Jan Blanchard, reviewed the list of updated codes to identify popular codes used by pediatric offices. You may find the following list helpful as you prepare to use the new codes in your office. Your practice management and electronic health record systems may both need to be updated in readiness for these new and updated codes.