Oct. 1, 2015, is the compliance deadline for ICD-10 implementation. ACP strongly urges practices to continue work toward implementation by October 1, 2015. Claims testing is one of the most critical ways by which practices can prepare. End-to-end testing allows practices to submit test claims and receive a remittance advice back from the payer(s). Ideally, all practices should conduct end-to-end testing with all payers well before the deadline. Front-end testing (where practices can send test claims and receive a simple acknowledgment of receipt back) is available with CMS at any time until the compliance date.
July 6, 2015 Update: CMS has announced contingency plans for the transition to ICD-10. The October 1 deadline still stands but CMS will allow some flexibility in billing, quality reporting, and hardship.
Discounted Resources for ACP Members
ACP has partnered with a few other organizations to offer these discounted ICD-10 resources:
TurboCoder: Digital book.
AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Training: Interactive, online, and self-paced training.
Ready10: Virtual consultant.
ICD-10 Documentation Training for Physicians: Video series.
Resources for the what, why, and how of using ICD-10 code sets.
- Frequently Asked Questions:
- ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practices
- ICD-10 Key Target Dates, Deadlines, and Resources
- Basics for Small and Rural Practices
- ICD-10 Myths and Facts
- ICD-10-CM Primer
- Anatomy of an ICD-10-CM Code
- ICD-10: Now Is the Time
- ICD-10-CM Coding Corner
- Staying on Track for ICD-10
- ICD10 Doesn't Have to be Intimidating (November / December 2013)
- 10 Myths Busted about ICD-10 Implementation (October 2013)
- Begin to apply ICD-10 in real-life practice (June 2013)
- ICD-10 Advice (March 2013)
- Will You Be Ready for ICD-10? (October 2012)
Tools and resources to help implement ICD-10-CM in practice.
- ICD-10 Quick Start Guide
- Road to 10: CMS has released this free online implementation tool to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition, including specialty-specific codes and a customizable action plan for your practice.
- Commonly Used ICD-10-CM Codes: This list of commonly used diagnoses can be printed out and used in your practice. Laminated versions are available at Internal Medicine and chapter meetings.
- Online Implementation Guide - This interactive step-by-step guide walks small, medium, and large practices through the steps from planning, testing, and full implementation of ICD-10-CM.
- Transitioning to ICD-10 - This recorded webinar, presented by the CMS Philadelphia Regional Office, provides an excellent overview and road map for implementation (31 min)
- ICD-10-CM for the Paper Practice
- Communicating with Your Payers
- Talking to Your Vendors about ICD10
- Questions to Ask Your Systems Vendor
- The Role of Clearinghouses in the ICD-10 Transition
- ICD-10 2014 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs)
- Provider Office Changes
- Sample Assessments for Technology Vendors, Billing Service, Payers, and Clearinghouses
- Sample Super Bill 1
Small to Medium Practices
- Checklist for Small to Medium Practices
- Timeline for Small to Medium Practices
- The Small Physician’s Route to ICD-10 - Implementation Guide
Where to find high-quality, low or no-cost training for clinicians and staff.
- ICD-10 Coding Basics - This free video from CMS provides a basic introduction to ICD-10 coding, including comparing ICD10 to ICD9, structure, how to use the new system, and examples. (26 minutes).
- ICD-10-CM Overview – This brief 5-minute video, which is part of the Coding 101, explains the origin and structure of the ICD-10-CM codes.
- Documentation Concepts for IM/FP - This free video provides training focused on unique aspects of ICD-10 for internal medicine and family practice. Examples include the documentation requirements for several common conditions, documentation changes and new concepts, and the use of “unspecified” codes in ICD-10 (45 minutes)
- CMS Videos - These short videos explain key ICD10 concepts
- CMS Podcasts - CMS participates in the ICD-10 Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday podcasts
- Medscape CME Modules - "CMS, through Medscape Education, developed these two ICD-10 video lectures and an expert article providing practical guidance for the ICD-10 transition."
There are many organizations that offer training in a wide variety of formats for a wide variety of prices. The following organizations offer high quality training for reasonable prices.
ICD-10 Resources by Source
The following entities provide excellent ICD-10-CM and PCS coding resources, some of which is included above, for all types of organizations and all types of personnel, much of which is available for free and some for a fee.
- CMS ICD-10 Resources
- American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) – Training resources for physicians and office staff from the American Association of Professional Coders. (Live and on-line training available for a fee as well as coding assessments.)
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) – The American Health Information Management Association offers training and implementation resources in both ICD-10-CM and PCS.
- AMA's ICD-10 Resources
- PhysiciansPractice – This commercial site has a wide variety of articles from their journal as well as videos and other resources (free registration required).
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