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Now Available: "Road to 10" Resource to Help with ICD-10 Transition

Written by Kaitlyn Houseman | February 26, 2014

The transition to ICD-10 is going to change how you do business from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades.  However CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.

CMS has released "Road to 10," an online resource built with the help of providers in small practices.  This tool is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.

"Road to 10" includes specialty references and gives providers the capability to build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs.  The customized action plans break down the transition into concrete steps:

  • Plan Your Journey- Look at the codes you use, prepare a budget, and build a team
  • Train Your Team- Find options and resources to help your team get ready for the transition
  • Update Your Processes- Check your clinical documentation, and update policies, procedures, systems, and forms
  • Engage Your Partners- Talk to your software vendors, clearinghouses, and billing services
  • Test Your Systems and Processes- Test within your practice and with your partners

The tool is designed for use by small practices in primary care as well as all specialties.  Road to 10's resources include common ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, clinical documentation primers, and clinical scenarios for:

  • Family Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedics

Understanding the Basics
These fact sheets will introduce you to ICD-10, explain why it’s necessary, and give you the information you’ll need to get started on your transition.

  • Intro Guide to ICD-10
  • ICD-10 FAQs
  • The ICD-10 Transition: An Introduction
  • ICD-10 Basics for Medical Practices
  • Talking to Your Vendors About ICD-10: Tips for Medical Practices
  • ICD-10 and CMS eHealth: What’s the Connection?
  • ICD-10 Basics for Small and Rural Practices

Implementation Guides, Timelines, and Checklists

Checklists and timelines provide an at-a-glance view of what you need to do to get ICD-10 ready. The ICD-10 implementation guides provide detailed information about the ICD-10 transition. 

CMS  also developed an online ICD-10 implementation guide, which is a web-based tool that provides step-by-step guidance on how to transition to ICD-10 for small/medium practices, large practices, small hospitals, and payers.

Please note that the dates and milestones in these materials are recommendations only; you can adapt them to your needs for meeting the October 1, 2014, deadline.

Online ICD-10 Implementation Guide

Checklists with ICD-10 transition tasks and estimated timeframes

Timelines with suggested dates for important ICD-10 transition activities

Implementation Guides

  • Large Practices
  • Small and Medium Practices
  • Small Hospitals

Implementation Planning

Get step-by-step information to help you plan for the transition.

Communicating About ICD-10

Communication between health care providers, software vendors, clearinghouses, and billing services is an important part of the transition process. Learn how to get the conversation started.

CMS covered ICD-10 as part of the biweekly eHealth Provider Webinar series: