Need Help With the ICD-10 Transition?

CMS Creates Guide Specifically for Family Medicine

August 18, 2015 02:04 pm News Staff

Don't let the Oct. 1 implementation date for the ICD-10 code set for outpatient diagnostic coding sneak up on you.

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Family physicians who want to be ready for ICD-10 may want to explore a CMS guide written specifically for family medicine.

The free 31-page resource -- titled "ICD-10 Clinical Concepts for Family Practice"( -- includes a list of ICD-10 codes and corresponding ICD-9 codes family physicians use most often.

For instance, the guide includes codes for

  • abdominal pain,
  • acute respiratory infections,
  • back and neck pain,
  • chest pain,
  • headache,
  • hypertension, and
  • urinary tract infection (cystitis).

This clinical concept series -- a feature of the larger CMS "Road to 10"( outreach -- also provides family physicians clinical documentation tips on common health topics such as asthma, underdosing (new to ICD-10), abdominal pain and tenderness, and injuries.

Would clinical scenarios serve as a welcome guide? This comprehensive resource includes those, as well.

Read scenarios that feature common patient encounters such as an annual physical exam or an ER follow up, as well as patient visits for conditions such abdominal pain, earache, anemia, diabetes or cervical disc disease.

Family physicians can also look to the AAFP for resources to assist in the ICD-10 transition, including ICD-9 to IDC-10 Referential Flash Cards that outline the top 823 primary care diagnoses.

For more help, turn to a Family Practice Management series that offers family physicians an entire resource collection focused on issues related to ICD-10 coding.

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Additional Resource
CMS: ICD-10 Latest News(