ICD means International Statistical Classifications of Diseases. ICD codes are alphanumeric designations given to every diagnosis, description of symptoms and cause of death attributed to human beings.

These classifications are developed, monitored and copyrighted by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the United States, the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics), part of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) oversees all changes and modifications to the ICD codes, in cooperation with WHO.

Most of the codes we see in the United States today are version 9, called ICD-9-CM codes. With few exceptions, the paperwork given to a patient when they leave a doctors office will contain both CPT codes (Current Procedural Terminology) to describe the service that was rendered for billing purposes, and ICD-9-CM codes to describe why that service was provided. Further, most death certificates filed since 1977 will have an ICD-9 code on them.

The most current set of codes in use in most other countries is ICD-10. These will be introduced in the USA in 2013.

These codes can be assigned to a patient record along with the patient's primary cancer diagnosis. They are also used in the IntelliCharge module to assign relevant diagnoses information for each office encounter.

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