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Resources and Tools to Help Prepare for ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other industry stakeholders have developed many resources to help you get ready for ICD-10. These tools provide information and step-by-step guidance to help providers and their staff prepare for a smooth transition. We encourage you to share these resources with all members of your team who are taking part in the transition to ICD-10, which is effective October 1, 2014. 

The following information is from CMS News Updates dated September 20:

New Online ICD-10 Implementation Guide
CMS has just released the new Online ICD-10 Guide. This Web-based tool includes an overview of ICD-10, as well as information about how to transition to ICD-10 for small/medium practices, large practices, small hospitals, and payers.

Below are links to other helpful tools available on the CMS ICD-10 website:

CMS works with Medscape to produce videos and articles that offer tips and advice on the topic of  ICD-10, along with an opportunity for physicians to earn continuing medical education credits and for nurses to earn continuing education credits. CMS has recently released two new Medscape videos:

You can also reference resources from provider associations and other industry organizations. Many of these groups also host ICD-10 webinars and trainings that you can attend to get up to speed on ICD-10. Visit the ICD-10 Provider Resources page to find a list of some organizations that offer ICD-10 resources, and check with any organizations to which you belong for members-only resources.

To make sure you have all the tools you need, we recommend purchasing the new ICD-10 code book. You and your team can begin looking up the ICD-10 codes for the ICD-9 codes frequently used in your practice.

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, deadline. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow us on Twitter.

Also, be sure to visit the CMS eHealth website to access new eHealth tools and resources that help providers participate in eHealth programs.

 

For more information and additional ICD-10 resources, please visit BCBSNC’s Countdown to ICD-10 Compliance website.