The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the fiscal year 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes, which become effective Oct. 1. The changes include 473 total new code changes with 279 new codes, 143 revised codes, 51 deactivated codes, and 39 additional changes added from a proposed rule list. There are changes to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems each year, but it appears the volume of changes may be slowing down.
According to the CDC release notice, the files represent the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM. The FY 2019 ICD-10-CM is available in PDF and XML file formats. Most files are provided in compressed zip format for ease in downloading. These files have been created by the National Center for Health Statistics, under authorization by the World Health Organization.
More information and downloadable material can be found on the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2019-ICD-10-CM.html as well as the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
The 2019 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used from Oct. 1, 2018, through Sep. 30, 2019.