The American College of Emergency Physicians provides a free, informative manual on ICD-10 you can access regardless of whether you are a member of ACEP.

Titled “ICD-10-CM For The Busy Emergency Physician” (pdf), ACEP says it was created by ED physicians for ED physicians to help provide an easy to read, clinically based reference. 

Sections in the manual include the following:

  • What is ICD-10-CM?
  • Comparison of ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts Severity of Illness
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts First Listed (Principal) Diagnosis
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts: Signs and Symptoms/ Unspecified
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts: Episodes of Care for Injuries and Poisonings, Initial Encounter
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts: Enhanced Anatomic Specificity
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts: Sprains and Strains
  • Key ICD-10-CM Concepts: External Cause of Injury

Access the emergency medicine ICD-10 manual (pdf).

The transition to ICD-10 will create significant coding and billing challenges for emergency medicine. Providers are likely to face disruptions in their payments and will find submitting accurate, complete claims challenging due to the significantly more complex, detailed nature of the ICD-10 code set compared to ICD-9.

To reduce the negative impact of the transition while cutting the costs associated with employing medical billers, outsource your billing to an emergency medicine billing company such as PGM Billing. PGM is one of the nation’s leading medical billing agencies, with more than 30 years experience of coding and billing experience. The PGM team of certified medical billing and coding experts will manage all aspects of your billing, ensuring you receive proper compensation for services provided.