ICD serves a broad range of uses globally and provides critical knowledge on the extent, causes and consequences of human disease and death worldwide via data that is reported and coded with the ICD. Clinical terms coded with ICD are the main basis for health recording and statistics on disease in primary, secondary and tertiary care, as well as on cause of death certificates. These data and statistics support payment systems, service planning, administration of quality and safety, and health services research. Diagnostic guidance linked to categories of ICD also standardizes data collection and enables large scale research.
For more than a century, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been the basis for comparable statistics on causes of mortality and morbidity between places and over time. Originating in the 19th century, the latest version of the ICD, ICD-11, was adopted by the 72nd World Health Assembly in 2019 and came into effect on 1st January 2022.
–World Health Organization (WHO)
The ICD system is used extensively in the USA and the world. With the passage by Congress of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2012, the ICD coding system became fully integrated with the digitization of healthcare records in the USA.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
“In addition to the main ICD, WHO authorizes the U.S. government to develop a modification for classifying morbidity from inpatient and outpatient records, physician offices, and most National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) surveys. This modification is known as the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-CM).”
This is important, as the WHO is authorizing the US government to modify the classification system to meet specific needs. The ICD classification system is run by the World Health Organization, not the US government.
In April 2022, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced a new set of codes relating to vaccination status that are cause for concern. These ICD codes are not based on a disease or illness, but are based on COVID-19 vaccination status. It took almost a year, but in January 2023 these codes became available to nearly every medical clinic and hospital in the USA.
CDC updates guidelines for COVID-19 underimmunization codes
Let me be even more specific, Code Number Z28.310 listed above is not a code for an illness or diagnosis, but rather for non-compliance of a medical procedure. This is an invasion of our right to privacy. There must be choice and that choice must be private.
Once a person’s vaccination status is coded and uploaded into large data base, it can be accessed by government and private health insurers alike. The administrative state officers at the CDC have not made immunization status a reportable disease (yet) but immunization status is listed as one of the reasons for mandatory reporting. They are just one step away from being able to collect this information without your permission. Ergo: vaccine passports made easy.
In this country, not having your vaccine records “up-to-date” might mean:
- The government will not restrict your travel, airlines will.
- The government will not restrict your travel, other nations will.
- The government will not restrict your travel, auto rental companies will.
- The government will not restrict your travel, public transport will.
- The government will not restrict your travel, private companies will.
The truth is that this information, under law, is not to be shared. The Privacy Act of 1974 should ensure this, but during the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, it did not. Children were not protected from this information being shared with schools. Employees were not protected when employers had the “right” to demand vaccination status information. College students were required to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. So, despite there being laws on the books, these laws were and still are being repeatedly broken. I think that in the case of immunization status, the government will have issues with continuing to break the blinds on our health care records. This is not over.
“All Federal agencies must also meet the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, which restricts what information about individual citizens – including any personal health information – can be shared with other agencies and with the public.” (HHS.gov)
But the ICD codes go deeper than immunization status and the new codes that I recently uncovered imply that the government has a much darker future in store for us.
There are not only ICD for those that are “under-immunized,” but the World Health Organization and the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have a solution to take care of that. They now have ICD codes to ensure immunization safety counseling. Here is the page for “Z71.85 is a billable ICD-10 code used to specify a medical diagnosis of encounter for immunization safety counseling” Yes, you too can undergo a “re-education” program, or maybe it will be a “re-education” camp targeting children. Yes, a camp has a must softer and gentler meaning, don’t you think? and kids just love going to camp! (Brought to you by Pfizer).