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ICD-10 Resources for Physicians

The adoption of ICD-10 is just over 5 months away – starting on October 1, 2015. We need it. We’re Ready. And We’re Here to Help Others Be Ready Too.

We need it. We are transitioning the health care system in the U.S. to one that rewards value over volume. Rating hospitals and physicians based on their outcomes necessitates the use of ICD-10. ICD-10 is needed to better assess what procedures, technologies, or approaches best aid improving patient care.

We’re ready. The transition to ICD-10 is supported by the majority of the health care community – hospitals, health plans, coding experts, physician office managers, vendors, medical device manufacturers, health informatics specialist, the health information technology community, and some of the physician community. We’ve all invested significant time, energy and money into being ready. Providers, clearinghouses, payers – including CMS – are all testing. Testing results show that the system is ready for those who have taken the time to prepare.

We’re Ready to Help Others Be Ready Too. For those still in need of action, there is still time – and transition is manageable. We are here to help you get there!

  • Call The Coalition: Our coalition partners are in every state and every Congressional district. We have reached out to state medical associations to offer to work with them on training their physician members and staff through training sessions and webinars. We are willing to connect directly with physicians and coders in need of direction on how to get started.

To request our help, email

  • Talk to your Payer: Several payers have content-based testing environments available free of charge by specialty to test ICD-10 identification skills. Check with your payers regarding testing opportunities.
  • Go Online: There is significant information available online – and much of it is free.

Here is a sample of some of the key ICD-10 resources available for physicians:


AMA: ICD-10 Resources

  • Medicare Testing and Payment
  • ICD-10 FAQs
  • ICD-10 Implementation Planning (these are AMA member-only resources)
  • Free Educational Resources (some of these are member-only resources)

White papers and practice tools on the following:

-Revised CMS-1500 Health Insurance Claim Form: Understanding the Changes in Version 02/12
-ICD-10 Action Plan: Your 12-Step Transition Plan for ICD-10
-“Achieving the Benefits Promised by Administrative Simplification, ICD-10, and EHRs”
-“What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Transition to ICD-10-CM”


Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

  • ICD-10 Preparation Resources page


CMS: Provider Resources

CMS has many free resources to assist physician practices and other providers with the ICD-10-CM transition, including fact sheets, implementation guides, checklists, timelines, webinars, and provider teleconferences.

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10

  • ICD-10 Overview
  • Physician Perspectives (hear from physicians on the value of ICD-10)
  • Webcasts (Specialty Documentation and Road to 10 series)
  • Specialty References

-Specialties: Family Practice, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Other Specialty
-References: common codes, documentation needs, clinical scenarios, resources

  • Build your Action Plan (customized action plan for physician offices)
  • Road to ICD-10 In-State Training Event Calendar:
  • Fact Sheets

ICD-10-CM/PCS Myths and Facts
ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practices
ICD-10 Basics for Small and Rural Practices

ICD-10 Coding Basics
Coding for ICD-10-CM: More of the Basics
ICD-10 and Clinical Documentation


AHIMA: ICD-10 for Physicians & Clinicians

  • Why ICD-10 Matters
  • Documentation Improvement
  • Implementing ICD-10
  • Training

Clinical Documentation Training for ICD-10 by Specialty

  • Free resources for physicians include:

Top 10 ICD-10-CM/PCS Questions
Electronic Documentation Templates Support ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation
ICD-10-CM/PCS Documentation Tips
Setting the Facts Straight About ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know About the Transition
Cost of Converting Small Physician Practices to ICD-10 Much Lower than Reported


Medical Specialty Societies and State Medical Societies

Many medical specialty societies and state medical societies offer ICD-10 education and implementation resources, such as:

Commonly-Used ICD-10-CM Codes

ICD-9 to ICD-10 Obstetrics Crosswalk

ICD-10-CM Webinars


Other Resources

ICD-10 training for coders
ICD-10 documentation training for physicians

PAHCOM/CMS Partnership Webinar Recordings

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  1. Great article! Thank you for the this thoughtful and well written write up!

    May 13, 2015

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