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ICD 10 Codes

Q & A regarding ICD 10 Codes

  • What are ICD 10 Codes?
    ICD 10 stands for the tenth revision of the International Statistical Class of Diseases and related Health Problems. The ICD 10 is a diagnostic coding system which is used in addition to the procedural codes currently in use.
  • What are ICD 10 codes for?
    The ICD 10 system is an International standard used to collect data for health statistics. 
    It is used as an attempt to create a link between diagnosis, treatment and product while reducing administrative costs.
  • What is the difference between diagnostic and procedural codes?
    Diagnostic codes are used to identify what went wrong where as procedure codes are used to describe what is to be done about it. Both code types must be reflected on accounts submitted to medical aids.
  • What do ICD 10 codes look like?
    ICD 10 codes have up to 6 characters, e.g. A00.00. It is important to use as many digits as possible to be as accurate as possible. The more specific the diagnosis, the easier it is to find the correct code. If a limited number of digits are used, the claim may be rejected as the diagnosis will be too general.

Click here to read the South African ICD-10 Coding Standards.

Click here to search the World Health Organization website for ICD-10 code definitions.