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Is ICD-10 patented? No, but there is something you should know . . .

February 16, 2016:

Among the many questions asked about the new coding system is whether ICD-10 is different from ICD-9 in terms of patent protection or restrictions on its use. Both ICD-9 and ICD-10 are regarded as public domain with no limits on their use; but, Optum360 does have a patented display methodology called the Xpress Coding Matrix that is used in the ICD-10-CM Fast Finder® line of coding tools. Developed by Anita Hart, a long time Optum360 clinical technical editor, the Xpress Coding Matrix was awarded patent status by the U.S. Patent Office last year. What’s unique—and patented—is the way information about codes is arranged; codes are organized by medical condition in an easy-to-use matrix format.

Some of the ICD-10-CM Fast Finders are patented now, and for others patent applications have been submitted and are “Patent Pending.”

Here, an example of how the Optum360 Xpress Coding Matrix displays the codes for uncomplicated spondlyosis, with myelopathy and radiculopathy. Compare this compact arrangement to the traditional tabular list of codes found in ICD-10-CM code books:

For more information about the ICD-10-CM Fast Finders, visit:

https://www.optum360coding.com/SearchResults.aspx?SearchTerm=fast finder


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