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P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About DPP-4 Inhibitors, Canagliflozin

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the August meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about DPP-4 inhibitors and joint pain and has strengthened its warning about fracture risk with canagliflozin.

Mark Your Calendar

Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.

Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - September 2015 (PDF)

Education Schedule - October 2015 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

Share Your News

Know an interesting colleague we should profile? A story we should tell? Submit your ideas, meetings and events for consideration.

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Switch to ICD-10 Takes Effect Oct. 1

At the end of this month, the transition will be complete — the medical coding system ICD-10 will be implemented Thursday, Oct. 1.

To prepare for the transition, Cedars-Sinai coders have been using the new system alongside ICD-9 for more than two years. The ICD-10 project team plans to staff a command center in the days after the transition to ensure that any issues that may arise can be addressed quickly. Contact the command center at 310-423-6428, option 6, or

The switch, mandated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, will result in an increase from about 17,000 codes in ICD-9 to more than 140,000 in ICD-10.

ICD-10, the 10th revision of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases, has procedure codes that correspond to virtually all claims for hospital services and are used together with diagnosis codes.

For detailed information surrounding changes in CS-Link — including FAQs, job aids and an e-learning module — please visit CS-Link Central.

For general resources and project updates, visit the ICD-10 Watch page on the Intranet.

ICD-10 - Get Ready Now (PDF)

ICD-10 Communication (PDF)

Using Dot Phrases (PDF)