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The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), was put into place for mortality coding and classification from death certificates in the U.S. in 1999. It provides a functional framework for reporting the cause of death on death certificates and translates the reported conditions into medical codes with the help of the modification rules included in the applicable revision of ICD and unlike ICD-19, focuses on alphanumeric categories rather than numeric categories.
The revision encompasses a set of significant features that include an alphabetical index to classify diseases and nature of the injury, external causes of injury, table of drugs, tabular lists that display the cause-of-death titles and codes, inclusion and exclusion terms for the same along with a description, guidelines and coding rules to enhance the efficiency of mortality statistics.