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Margo Kerrigan, M.P.H, Area Director

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With enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, CMS is examining the implications of the ICD-10 provision and will provide guidance to providers and stakeholders soon.  This provision in the statute reads as follows:  “The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for codes sets under section 1173 (c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2 (c)) and section 162.1002 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.”

With that in mind, we don’t want to slow down in getting prepared for ICD-10.

Resources available to help ease the transition:

ICD-10 Coding Basics MLN Connects™ Video

In this MLN Connects™ video on ICD-10 Coding Basics ( Disclaimer: You Are Leaving, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides a basic introduction to ICD-10 coding, including:

  • Similarities and differences from ICD-9
  • ICD-10 code structure
  • Coding process and examples
    • 7th Character
    • Placeholder "x"
    • Excludes notes
    • Unspecified codes
    • External cause codes

CMS ICD-10 eHealth Provider Webinar

CMS covered ICD-10 as part of the biweekly eHealth Provider Webinar series on November 10. The PowerPoint presentation and webinar recording  ( for the presentation “Less Than One Year Until ICD-10: Steps Your Practice Can Take to Prepare” are available from CMS.

ICD-10 Resources

These resources include:

  • An Online ICD-10 Guide (, which is a web-based tool that provides step-by-step guidance on how to transition to ICD-10 for small practices, large practices, small hospitals, and payers.
  • ICD-10 implementation guides, which provide detailed information for planning and executing the ICD-10 transition. The downloadable PDF versions are available below:
    • Small and Medium Practices ICD-10 Transition Checklist (PDF) 
    • Provider Resources (PDF)
    • Payer Resources (PDF)

Talk Ten Tuesday Podcasts

CMS participates in the ICD-10 Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday podcasts. Visit the Talk Ten Tuesday website ( to listen to past presentations from CMS including:

  • December 17, 2013: ICD-10: Looking Ahead
  • October 1, 2013: ICD-10: This Time Next Year
  • March 26, 2013: CMS: Helping the Industry Prepare for ICD-10
  • March 7, 2013: HIMSS Week Day 3: Live from New Orleans
  • February 12, 2013: CMS Pilot for End-to-End Testing: It Takes a Village


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