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International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes—maintained by the World Health Organization and published in the United States by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—standardize the categorization and reporting of patient diagnoses. Currently, U.S. healthcare operators use the ICD-10 edition. The analysis above examines 2023 urgent care visits logged by users of Experity’s electronic medical record, revealing that 28,686 diagnosis codes were documented in urgent care patient medical records.   

While it’s logical to conclude this broad range of documented diagnoses reflects urgent care’s standing as a “general practice,” in actuality, urgent care is quite focused. In fact, the top 35 most frequently used codes represent 50% of all codes used in urgent care. These top ICD-10 codes are grouped and categorized in the chart above.

Codes Most Used in Urgent Care
Categorization of Codes Most Frequently Used in Urgent Care

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc

President of Experity Consulting and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
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