International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10)

The ICD-10 Planning Checklist from CMS

With the ICD-10 transition deadline set for October 1, 2015, providers, payers, and vendors need to focus on planning their ICD-10 transitions.  Below is a checklist of essential planning activities.

The ICD-10 Planning Checklist

Whether you've already started or are just beginning your ICD-10 transition, you will need to thoughtfully plan for the transition and then communicate those strategies to internal staff and external partners.  Below are a few steps to help guide your planning process:

Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Communication and collaboration will help organizations as they transition to ICD-10.  As you continue planning, share lessons learned and best practices with others in your area.  You can do this through organization newsletters and social media, as well as at conferences, workshops, and other educational events.  Remember, ICD-10 will affect everyone currently using ICD-9 codes!  

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10.

Please visit the ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Web-Based Training through Medscape Education

The ICD-10 implementation date has been finalized and it is important that providers learn ICD-10 documentation requirements.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering Web-Based-Training (WBT) for physicians. Providers can also earn continuing medical education (CME) credits!

CMS, through Medscape Education, has released two ICD-10 video lectures and an expert article providing practical guidance for the ICD-10 transition.

The video lectures are specifically for physicians, while the article covers more general topics for all health care providers.

CME credits are available to physicians who complete the modules, and anyone who completes them can receive a certificate of completion.

The modules are free.  If you are not a member of Medscape, you will first be prompted to fill out a brief registration form.

To sign up for the FREE CMS Medscape Education Modules:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link for "New Users: FREERegistration"
  3. Complete the entire form, including 5 character password and security questions
  4. Once registered, you can use the links to access the modules

What's in the Videos & Article?

The videos feature Daniel J. Duvall, MD, MBA, a medical officer with the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at CMS.

In the article, Joseph Nichols, MD, of Health Data Consulting, covers documentation improvements, the coder-clinician relationship, training, working with vendors and payers, search tools, and resources.