ICD-10 Resources for Physicians

The deadline to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was Oct. 1, taking the code set from 13,000 to 68,000 codes. The transition doesn’t affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services. Whether you’ve spent years training, or if you are looking to cram it all in in the last minute, resources to help you transition more easily are below. The goal of this transition is to create more accurate data that will improve patient care, so it comes from a good place even if it is a pain for physicians like you. Importantly, it all links back to how everything is reimbursed. CMS won’t deny your claims for a year, but you at least have to use an ICD-10 code from the right “family.”

If you feel you are behind the 8-ball, below are some reasons to not freak out and generally feel better about yourself.

  1. Although there are a lot more ICD-10 codes than in ICD-9, you’ll still use a small subset, depending on your specialty. So relax, there isn’t as much new stuff to learn as you think.
  2. The biggest change is that you need to be more specific in your notes. Training and tips are available below.
  3. Productivity is expected to slow across the healthcare industry, so it won’t be just you. Feel free to throw this stat out there when someone is yelling at you for holding up the claims process.
  4. You are not the only doctor that isn’t prepared, so you are in good company. Procrastinators unite!
  5. All of these crazy codes are going to provide some great data. It’s been nagging us for years; finally we’ll know just how many people are injured after being stricken by ducks (W61.62X).


Below are some resources to help you prepare, ranging from Webinars and online training to cheat sheets.

ICD-10 Facts and Articles


Frequently Asked Questions


Training Resources


Clinical Documentation


Free Conversion Tools/CrossWalks

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