ICD-10 Transition Checklist


The following is a checklist of ICD-10 tasks, including estimated timeframes for each task.

Depending on your organization, many of these tasks can be performed on a compressed timeline or performed at the same time as other tasks.
This checklist is designed to provide a viable path forward for organizations just beginning to prepare for ICD-10.

Planning, Communication, and Assessment

Actions to Take Immediately

To prepare for testing, make sure you have completed the following activities. If you have already completed these tasks, review the information to make sure you did not overlook an important step.

  • Review ICD-10 resources from CMS, trade associations, payers, and vendors
  • Inform your staff/colleagues of upcoming changes (1 month)
  • Create an ICD-10 project team (1-2 days)
  • Identify how ICD-10 will affect your practice (1-2 months)
  • How will ICD-10 affect your people and processes? To ind out, ask all staff members how/where they use/see ICD-9 
  • Include ICD-10 as you plan for projects like meaningful use of electronic health records
  • Develop and complete an ICD-10 project plan for your practice (1-2 weeks)
  • Identify each task, including deadline and who is responsible
  • Develop plan for communicating with staff and business partners about ICD-10
  • Estimate and secure budget (potential costs include updates to practice management systems, new coding guides and superbills, staff training) (2 months) 
  • Ask your payers and vendors — software/systems, clearinghouses, billing services—aboutICD-10 readiness (2 months) 
  • Review trading partner agreements

Ask about systems changes, a timeline, costs, and testing plans Small and Medium Practices ICD-10 Transition Checklist.


ICD 10


CMS Releases “Road to 10” Online Resource for Small Practices

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.


ICD-10 Coding Basics MLN Connects™ Video

Are you ready to transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014? In this MLN Connects™ video on ICD-10 Coding Basics, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) provides a basic introduction to ICD-10 coding, including:


• Similarities and differences from ICD-9
• ICD-10 code structure
• Coding process and examples
o 7th Character
o Placeholder "x"
o Excludes notes
o Unspecified codes
o External cause codes

CMS has developed resources to help the health care industry transition to ICD-10 by the October 1, 2014, deadline. These resources include:

  • An Online ICD-10 Guide, which is a web-based tool that provides step-by-step guidance on how to transition to ICD-10 for small practices, large practices, small hospitals, and payers.



Medical Biller Average Salary

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Physician respondents noted 60% of medical billers earn between $30,000 and $60,000.  Medical billers have increasing challenges, particularly given 2014's ICD-10 code changes.  The average annual salary in 2013, topped $47,000.