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ICD-10 Readiness: Oct. 1 Change Is Coming Soon

Dear Colleagues,

The implementation of ICD-10 appears to be on track for Oct. 1 — about 60 days from now. Recently, the American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services jointly announced a 12-month transition period for our professional fee coding specificity. During this time, although physician claims will not be denied due to an imprecise code, a valid ICD-10 code must be provided. While this grace period will allows us to practice our coding in our offices, it does not provide the hospital with such leeway. Fortunately, the medical center coders have been performing ICD-10 coding for over a year, and are currently assigning both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to all encounters.

The preparatory work continues at the medical center, and we hope you are preparing in your offices. Cedars-Sinai continues to offer and conduct training sessions for physicians and practitioners on the new code set and the documentation needed to ensure accurate, specific code assignment. The physician-led sessions are scheduled to be offered each month between now and Oct. 1. I hope that you have been able to attend a session. There are also CS-Link™ tools in place to assist the transition, such as the diagnosis calculator with which you are familiar. With the April CS-Link upgrade, you are now able to see the corresponding ICD-10 codes within the existing workflow. 

ICD-10 training continues throughout the operational teams of the medical center. Many of the support staff — clinical and financial — are undergoing online training utilizing HealthStream and Precyse University. We have also conducted classroom training sessions for private office staff and billers which were positively received. If you know of anyone needing support training, please contact the project team to determine availability of coursework.

If you have questions or concerns, please email askicd10@cshs.org. We will help in any way possible to ensure everyone's readiness. Also check out the ICD-10 Watch page on the Cedars-Sinai Intranet. Also look for tips and updates in The Bridge and Pulse on ICD-10. More information will be forthcoming about the go-live support plans for Oct. 1.

Chris Ng, MD
Chief of Staff

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