Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Leigh Ford

Second Advisor

Brad Gordon


The purpose of this thesis is to provide recommendations for the successful implementation of ICD-10 within the Unites States health care system. To accomplish this, an overview of the history of the International Classification of Diseases and medical coding along with the needs and requirements of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be presented. These will include the limitations of ICD-9, the development and structure of ICD-10, major differences between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets, and industry support and concerns regarding the implementation of ICD-10 in the United States. In conclusion, methodologies drawn from Diffusion of Innovations communication theory, implementation strategies of ICD-10 within other countries, and suggestions from relevant literary sources will be used to formulate recommendations for the effective and efficient implementation of ICD-10 in the US.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only