Follow This CMS ‘Road’ to Prep For ICD-10

Posted on 14 Sep, 2015 |comments_icon 1|By Chris Boucher

Info-packed site paves the way to ICD-10 success.

ICD-10 is coming, and preparation is key for coders who want to hit the ground running when the diagnosis coding world completely changes in October.

Luckily, CMS is doing its best to help with review tools, crosswalks and advice on how to stay ahead of the curve with ICD-10.

CMS’ latest tool for coders is, which CMS dubs as “your one-stop source for all things ICD-10.”

Analysis: The breadth and depth of the web site is pretty impressive. It contains advice on building your ICD-10 transition plan and provides ICD-10 resources, tutorial videos, a template library and Webcasts, among other resources.

CMS Lists Codes By Specialty

Roadto10 also sports a nifty little tool for specialty-specific ICD-10 preparation: crosswalks for the top 10 diagnosis codes by specialty. The site currently includes lists for Family Practice, Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine and Other Specialty.

FAQs Shine Light on Top ICD-10 Queries

Medicare also includes a Frequently Asked Questions sections, where it answers pressing questions such as:

  • HOW do providers prepare for the transition to ICD-10?
  • WHEN is the compliance deadline for ICD-10?
  • WHO does ICD-10 compliance affect?
  • WHAT does ICD-10 compliance mean?

Most useful info: One FAQ asks, “WHERE can I find a list of ICD-10 codes?”
According to CMS: “The ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets, as well as the official ICD-10-CM guidelines, are available free of charge on the “2015 ICD-10-CM and GEMs” and “2015 ICD-10-PCS and GEMs” pages of the CMS ICD-10 website. Additionally, it is important to contact your payers and trading partners to request a copy of the crosswalk mapping tool they are utilizing to ensure its accuracy.”

Advice: If you’ve got any anxiety about the ICD-10 switch (who doesn’t?), you might want to bookmark, as well as the free ICD-10 code lists.


Chris Boucher

Chris Boucher has nearly 10 years of experience writing various newsletters and other products for The Coding Institute. His blog will cover several areas of coding and compliance, including CPT® coding, modifiers, HIPAA compliance and ICD-10 coding.

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