With the ICD-10 go-live date of Oct. 1, 2015, less than 100 days away, it is imperative for organizations to continue their preparation efforts for the significant transition from ICD-9 to this new code set.

As part of its “Road to 10” online resources for providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a series of webcasts designed to help with ICD-10 clinical documentation specific to various medical specialties.

The first webcast, released last June, focused on orthopedics. An AHIMA-certified coder presented on the webcast, which discussed unique ICD-10 clinical documentation needs and hot topics for orthopedics, including the following:

  • Physician perspective/clinical impact of ICD-10
  • Documentation requirements for certain conditions
  • Documentation changes and new concepts
  • Use of “unspecified” codes in ICD-10

If your organization performs orthopedic billing and coding, this program may assist in the transition process. If you watched the webcast when it was initially released, it may be worth revisiting since more than a year has passed.

To view the orthopedics webcast, as well as the other specialty-specific webcasts on ICD-10 released by CMS, click here.

PGM Billing launched ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalks for some of the most commonly used ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 for over a dozen specialities, including orthopedics lower and upper body codes.