ICD-10-CM is the official diagnostic code language for U.S. medical insurance billing, as defined by CMS and NCHS. It is a national variant of the international ICD-10 language, and it was officially adopted on October 1, 2015.
This article includes training opportunities, useful links, and other resources to help practices with ICD-10.
Many of the materials below were prepared around the time of the ICD-10 transition. They may still be useful to your practice. In 2015 and 2016, PCC provided free consultation, classes, and system configuration for the ICD-10 transition. Now that ICD-10 is in use by every medical practice, we are happy to help clients as they encounter new coding challenges. Call or e-mail PCC to learn more about our training opportunities, software configuration tools, and other ways we can help you get ready for October.
Attend or Watch PCC Pediatric Coding and ICD-10 Web Lab Training
During the ICD-10 transition, PCC offered a monthly web lab on coding and related topics. We continue to offer periodic web labs as well as “billing drop-in” events. PCC’s certified coder, Jan Blanchard, provides insight on code set conventions, how to document different kinds of visits, and answer your questions about ICD-10 implementation.
Register for a Web Lab: To sign up for a PCC web-lab, visit http://www.pcc.com/weblabs/ to pick a date and sign up.
Watch a Recorded Web Lab: You can review past web labs to get caught up and see more examples of ICD-10 in action. Watch Archived Coding Web Labs
Listen to an ICD-10 Podcast Presentation (2015)
The first episode of PCC’s “Confessions of a Pediatric Practice Management Consultant” podcast is all about ICD-10.
Chip Hart explores the impact of ICD-10 on pediatrics with PCC’s Jan Blanchard, CPC, CPEDC. They discuss the importance of documentation, the state of readiness of pediatric practices, EHR vendors and carriers, the role of episodes of care in coding, resources available to pediatricians, and more.
Watch an All-Day ICD-10 Training Course (2015)
In 2015, PCC offered twelve all-day ICD-10 seminars in cities around the country. Students learned about pediatric coding for ICD-10, both from the clinician and biller point of view.
This video is a 4-hour cutting of our session in Texas. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
Watch a 4-Hour Session Video: Click to Watch “2015 PCC ICD-10 Training Seminar“.
You can also download:
PCC’s ICD-10 Don’t Panic Guide (2015)
PCC prepared the following guides in the lead up to the ICD-10 transition.
- PCC Software ICD-10 To-Do List: This at-a-glance checklist shows you all the various configuration tools and issues in PCC Software that you may want to consider in preparation for ICD-10. Use this as a last-minute review to be sure your PCC configuration will be ready for October 1st. If any of the issues on this list surprise you, contact PCC Support for help.
- ICD-10 Notes for Notes: How can you make it easier to select the best ICD-10 codes for each patient issue? PCC’s Jan Blanchard has created a quick reference on pediatric-specific topics, from ADHD and asthma to UTIs and Well Care visits. For each problem, this document provides keywords for quickly looking up the best diagnosis descriptions on the chart note. ICD-10 Notes for Notes is a guide to the details clinicians should be sure they include in encounter notes in order to support choosing the most specific possible ICD-10 codes available. PCC’s ICD-10 training workshops taught attendees how to make their own reference sheet, but in the absence of your own, you can use this one to get started.
- CMS’s ICD-10-CM Tabular Lists and Indexes of Diseases and Injuries: CMS.gov’s page with index and tabular lists of ICD-10 tables.
- Common Pediatric Unspecified Codes: This is a list of common pediatric codes for which the “Unspecified” version may be appropriate and defensible. When you have more detail, you should always document and code for it. This list, however, shows common circumstances where the additional detail may not be available.
- Sample Superbill from AAP
Look Up ICD-10 Codes for Patient Diagnoses
If you are filling out a form or need the ICD-10 code for a patient’s diagnosis, you can use the Diagnosis Flowsheet in a patient’s chart to quickly get the codes you need.
For more information, read the Look Up ICD-10 Codes for Referrals, DME, Requisitions, and Pre-Authorizations article.
Other Links, Resources, and Publications
Here are some other useful links to ICD-10 materials. This list was collected from various seminars and training that PCC either attended or led.
- Donelle Holle’s Famous ICD-10 Pediatric Cheat Sheet: Donelle Holle, pediatric coding expert, put together a list of the most common pediatric ICD-10 codes. The most common of the most common are highlighted in red, and clicking on codes (on supported devices) will open a definition of the code at http://www.icd10data.com. Check it out! (You can also get get Donelle’s Cheat Sheet as an editable spreadsheet.)
- FREE AAPC Code Converter: The American Academy of Pediatric’s online ICD-10 code translator allows you to compare ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. ICD-9’s 17,000 codes are expanding to approximately 141,000 ICD-10 codes, and this online tool can help you map that expansion.
- FREE WHO ICD-10 Learning Tool: The WHO Electronic ICD-10 training tool is designed for self-learning and classroom use. The modular structure of this ICD-10 training permits users to tailor specific course paths, if desired. For more information, read the introduction and the user guide to the tool.
- ICD-10 Implementation Guide for Small and Medium Practices: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- CMS ICD-10 Transition: An Introduction: ICD-10 transition basics.
- FREE Codapedia Training Videos: You’ll need to become a member, but it’s free. Once you log in, you’ll have access to free ICD-10 training sessions by coding instructor Nancy Maguire.
- ICD-10-CM Tabular Lists and Indexes of Diseases and Injuries: CMS.gov’s page with index and tabular lists of ICD-10 tables.
Call or e-mail PCC Support at any time to talk about ICD-10 and the specific needs of your practice.
We can work with your office to create custom solutions, provide additional training, and work with you to get your practice ready for the changes.