From ICD-9 To ICD-10

With ICD-10’s mandatory October 1st deadline approaching fast and furiously (I know you think summer just started, but believe me folks, Labor Day is right around the corner), a lot of information remains uncertain.  What are ICD-10 codes?  How will they impact my practice?  What are the differences between ICD-9 and 10?

Fear not, like a safety trampoline for you to jump to from a burning building, ICD-10 ready drchrono has your back.  You’ll want to be working with someone who knows what they are doing because switching to ICD-10 is no laughing matter – its a mandatory requirement passed down by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to all those covered by HIPAA regulations, so that means if you own or are supporting a healthcare practice, you are affected (it should be noted that ICD-10 does not affect outpatient CPT coding and physician services). Did we mention that you need to cross over to ICD-10 by October 1st?  As in October 1st 2015?

To ensure you are up and running for ICD-10, please review this 5 step checklist:

1.  Obtain access to ICD-10 codes: Code books, or go here and select “2016 ICD-10-CM and GEMS” to download 2016 Code Tables and Index.

2.  Train your staff: Ensure your staff is well-versed with ICD-10.  There are a wealth of online resources provided for you by CMS .

3.  Be sure to update your processes: Please update any electronic and hard-copy forms (new ICD-10 coding will be from left to right).

4.  Get in contact with your vendors: Please be sure to confirm their ICD-10 readiness, and in some cases, you can ask about testing opportunities.

5.  Once you have completed the above steps: Ensure your ICD-10 system is ready to rock.  The best way to do this is to generate a claim.


You could simply reach out to the drchrono team at, and we’ll get you set up with the right tools so that you really don’t need to worry about steps 1, 3, and 5.  Our EHR system will be prepared to fully support ICD-10 and will provide a full crossover solution to help you and your staff understand what ICD-9 codes translate to ICD-10 codes as you prepare for the transition.  Our system will allow you to generate ICD-10 ready forms in time for the transition in both electronic and print ready format, and last but not least, our solution will be fully tested and definitely ready to rock and support your office’s ability to submit claims against ICD-10 codes by October 1st.

For more detailed information about ICD-10, and how to prepare for it, we invite you to watch our our free webinar here.

Please feel free to continue your reading here, this official CMS site contains more in depth coverage of switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

As always, please keep an eye out for future posts!

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