New AMA resource helps physician practices prepare for ICD-10 implementation

As of Oct. 1, 2013, the existing ICD-9 diagnosis and procedure code sets will be replaced by ICD-10-CM (diagnosis code set) and ICD-10-PCS (procedure code set). The ICD-10 diagnosis code set has much more specificity in the codes, increasing the code set from 14,000 to 68,000 codes. ICD-10-PCS will be for reporting inpatient procedures only. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) will continue to be the code set for reporting procedures in physician offices and outpatient settings.

The conversion to ICD-10 will affect not only your administrative and billing systems but also your business practices and clinical systems. You will need to review your practice for all of the situations in which you use ICD-9 codes today, including your “superbills” or coding tools, electronic health record, quality reporting and public health reporting.

Understanding when these changes will occur and how they may affect your practice will prepare you for a smoother transition to the updated code set. The AMA has prepared the article “Preparing for the Conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10: What You Need to Be Doing Today” to help physicians and their practice staff prepare for these changes. Visit the AMA’s website at to access this resource and additional information about the HIPAA standard transactions.


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Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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