ICD-10: Preparing Your Practice

CMS ICD-10 Resources

CMS Resources for ICD-10

The CMS website offers resources for providers, payers, and vendors to help prepare for the transition to ICD-10.  Resources provide tips and advice on how to plan and execute your transition to ICD-10, including timelines, checklists, and fact sheets:

On October 1, 2014, the health care industry will transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes for diagnoses and inpatient procedures.

This transition is going to change how you do business—from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades. But that change doesn’t have to be overwhelming. CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.

Understanding the Basics

CMS has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarification to commonly asked questions.

Road to 10: CMS Online Tool for Small Practices

Road to 10, an online resource built with the help of providers in small practices, is now available. This tool is designed to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.

“Road to 10” includes specialty references and helps providers build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs.


Training is focused on unique ICD-10 clinical documentation needs for each medical specialty.

Webcasts provide an overview of ICD-10 for training and preparation and clinical documentation and coding.

Clinical Concept Guides

To help physicians and other providers get quickly up to speed, CMS has launched the ICD-10 Clinical Concepts Series for specialties. Each guide in the series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online tool in a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed. The guides include common ICD-10 codes, clinical documentation tips, clinical scenarios, and links to Road to 10.


CMS has resources to help providers conduct ICD-10 testing with their trading partners. To learn more, visit the CMS end-to-end testing website.

Medscape Modules

Medscape Education modules offer guidance for small practices making the transition to ICD-10. Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) credits are available to physicians and nurses who complete the learning modules, but anyone can take them and receive a certificate of completion.

Past Medscape Education Modules on ICD-10 tailored for small/medium practices or large practices are also available:

Stay up to date on ICD-10!

Visit the CMS ICD-10 website and Roadto10.org for the latest news and resources to help you prepare. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow CMS on Twitter.