Practice Economics

CMS releases specialty-specific ICD-10 transition guides



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a number of specialty-specific guidebooks to help with the transition to ICD-10.

“To help physicians and other providers get quickly up to speed, CMS has launched the ICD-10 Clinical Concepts Series for specialties,” according to a post on the agency’s ICD-10 news website. “Each guide in the series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online tool in a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed. The guides include common ICD-10 codes, clinical documentation tips, clinical scenarios, and links to Road to 10.”

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The specialty guidebooks include: family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, ob.gyn., orthopedics, and pediatrics.

Road to 10 includes tools to help build an ICD-10 action plan, interactive case studies to see how your coding selections compare with those of other physicians, quick reference documents, and an archive of webcasts created by and for medical professionals.

All health care professionals must start using ICD-10 on Oct. 1; however, the CMS has announced a 1-year transition period to help ensure physicians and other providers continue to get paid as they begin filing claims using the new code set.

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