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Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011 National Provider Teleconference

Since this video was published, HHS has issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a national provider teleconference on "Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011". Subject matter experts reviewed basic information on the transition to ICD-10 and discussed implementation planning and preparation strategies for 2011. A question and answer session followed the presentations.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Planning for transition to ICD-10 - A call to action
  • ICD-10 implementation for services provided on and after October 1, 2013 - No grace periods or delays
  • Date of service implementation requirements
  • Tools for converting codes - 2011 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs)
  • Partial freeze of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code updates, except for new technologies and diseases
  • Use of unspecified codes in both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10
  • Updating payment and coverage policies for ICD-10
  • Differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10
  • Internal planning groups and organizational strategies
  • Awareness, educational strategies and assessing training needs
  • Implementation plan development and impact assessment
  • Determining vendor readiness
  • Coding gap analysis - What needs to be done for your coding staff
  • Assessing quality of medical record documentation
  • Developing an ICD-10 budget
  • Consequences of poor preparation

To access the 4 podcasts and corresponding transcripts, presentation materials, complete written transcript, and complete audio recording, scroll to the bottom of the page to the Downloads section, and select the appropriate link.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits may be awarded by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for participation in CMS National Provider Conference Calls.

Continuing Education Information for American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

If you have attended or are planning to attend a CMS National Provider Conference Call, you should be aware that CMS does not provide certificates of attendance for these calls. Instead, the AAPC will accept your e-mailed confirmation and call description as proof of participation. Please retain a copy of your e-mailed confirmation for these calls as the AAPC will request them for any conference call you entered into your CEU Tracker if you are chosen for CEU verification. Members are awarded one (1) CEU per hour of participation.

Continuing Education Information for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

AHIMA credential-holders may claim 1 CEU per 60 minutes of attendance at an educational program. Maintain documentation about the program for verification purposes in the event of an audit. A program does not need to be pre-approved by AHIMA, nor does a CEU certificate need to be provided, in order to claim AHIMA CEU credit. For detailed information about AHIMA's CEU requirements, see the Recertification Guide on AHIMA's web site.

Please note: The statements above are standard language provided to CMS by the AAPC and the AHIMA. If you have any questions concerning either statement, please contact the respective organization, not CMS.