ICD-10 Codes Preview and Preparation

ICD-10 is fast approaching so we have put together some resources to help you prepare.

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ICD-10 code set implementation for full compliance is scheduled for October 1st, 2014. In order to help facilitate this, CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) has released step-by-step Implementation Guides for ICD-10.

These resources are for providers and payers looking for help with their ICD-10 implementation and are available on the CMS website in PDF format, just follow the links at the bottom of this post.

The ICD-10 Implementation Guides provide a complete overview of the importance of ICD-10 and how to prepare for the transition to the new codes. The transition process is broken down into phases: planning, communication and awareness, assessment, implementation, testing, and transition. Each phase is described in detail and includes steps tailored to your practice or organization type.

To find and view actual ICD-10 codes, we recommend going to www.icd10data.com

ICD10Data.com takes the ICD-10 coding book and adds over 4.2 million cross references between codes to make finding what you need faster and easier then ever before.

The site is the successor website to ICD9Data.com, the popular ICD-9 medical coding website that came online in 2006.

Before 2006, ICD9Data.com was a commercial software product, but it eventually found its greatest audience as a free website. ICD10Data.com picks up where ICD9Data.com left off, introducing a new user interface and dozens of enhancements designed to make the complex task of medical coding into something that is easier to understand.

ICD-10 code set implementation for full compliance is scheduled for October 1st, 2014. ICD-10 code sets will be required for services provided October 1, 2014 and after.

As of April, 2013 the Office of e-Health Standards and Services at CMS has said that they have absolutely no reason to believe this deadline will move.

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