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Doctors prepare for new codes to catalog illnesses

The nation’s healthcare system is preparing for a big transition on October 1, when all healthcare providers and insurers will switch to a new coding system for cataloging various diagnoses.

The change is mandated by the Medicare system, and Sean Cavanaugh, the director of the Center for Medicare, said it’s overdue.

“The medical codes we use for diagnosis and billing haven’t been updated for over 35 years,” Cavanaugh said.