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ICD-10 is almost here! How to get started

This week, CMS is highlighting different steps to help providers get ready for the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015. While ICD-10 is almost here, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now.

How to get started:

  • Verify that you can use your ICD-10-ready systems to:
    • Generate a claim
    • Schedule an outpatient procedure
    • Perform eligibility and benefits verification
    • Prepare to submit quality data
    • Schedule an office visit
    • Update a patient’s history and problems
    • Code a patient encounter
  • To get started, map out your workflows to help you decide what to test. Test any system that stores, processes, sends, receives, or reports diagnosis code information.
  • Test your systems and workflow processes using ICD-10 diagnosis codes. You can test:
    • Inside your practice
    • With vendors, clearinghouses, billing services, and health plans
  • Focus on your highest-risk scenarios. For example, claims processing and the diagnoses you see most often.


  • Involve financial and administrative staff
  • Allow time to address any issues you uncover

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