With ICD 10 transition looming large, do you wonder how ICD 9 codes can be converted to ICD 10 codes or vice versa? Translating or mapping between ICD 9 to ICD 10 codes is possible by using General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs). GEMs seeks to create a smooth translation mechanism or reference dictionary for both code sets. It offers approximate or acceptable translation alternatives. In this infographic we have shed light on General Equivalence mapping, forward mapping, backward mapping and other important mapping concepts required to translate codes effectively.Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below):
GEMs can benefit many different users ie, coding professionals, payers, healthcare researchers, providers, informatics professionals to analyze and understand different code sets. It acts as a bridge between ICD 9 codes and the ICD codes; aiding users in making smooth transition to the new system; enabling them to be familiar with the code structure which helps them in making informed choices.