Free Webinar Aims to Help Physicians Transition to ICD-10

September 11, 2013 02:26 pm News Staff

Implementation of the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnosis coding is a very big deal for physicians nationwide. That's why the AAFP continues to provide resources to prepare family physicians for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, a task that must be completed by Oct. 1, 2014, if physicians want to receive payment for their services.


Register now for a free webinar(, "ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know," that is scheduled for Sept. 18 from 1-2 p.m. CDT. The webinar is designed to provide physicians with a bundle of need-to-know facts to help keep them on track with ICD-10 preparations.

Webinar host Cindy Hughes, C.P.C., is a certified family practice coder and underwent additional training from the American Health Information Management Association to certify as an official ICD-10 trainer.

Hughes is a consulting editor for several medical coding publications and serves on the coding review panel for the journal Family Practice Management. In addition, she worked for a number of years at the AAFP as a coding and compliance expert, a role in which she routinely fielded tough coding questions from family physicians around the country.

In an interview with AAFP News Now, Hughes said that preparing for ICD-10 is critically important for family physicians. "It appears this transition will take place on Oct. 1, 2014, and will apply to all dates of service on that date and thereafter," said Hughes. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done to prepare for this change to ensure that physicians' claims will be accepted and processed for payment."

Any claim presented in the ICD-9 format on and after Oct. 1, 2014, will be rejected, Hughes added.

During the webinar, Hughes will explore some of the differences between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes and will help physicians understand the basics of the new code set. She'll work through several coding scenarios with participants to illustrate proper use of ICD-10 codes.

In addition, marketers have hit physicians with a dizzying array of ICD-10 resources, and Hughes has the expertise to steer physicians to resources with the most helpful features, including a recently released AAFP product dubbed ICD-9 to ICD-10 Referential Flash Cards: Top 823 Primary Care Diagnoses.

Finally, Hughes will lay out a timetable to help physicians complete their ICD-10 preparations before the implementation date. She said she intends to leave time to answer physicians' questions at the end of the one-hour session.

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