Valuable Links

The CMS site provides a rich level of content that can be downloads to support a wide variety of needs. All ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes are available for down load including GEMS files, user guides, presentations and a host of other materials that are critical to any migration effort. This site is regularly updated and will be one of the key sites to add to favorites.

  • Codes files
  • General Equivalency Mapping files and guidelines
  • Reimbursement Mapping files and guidelines
  • Coding guidelines
  • Code tabular and alphabetical indexing guidelines
  • FAQ
  • Coordination and maintenance Committee minutes

WEDI – The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange
This site provides a number of resources focused on the implementation of a number of regulatory requirements related to data interchange. There is a significant area focused specifically on ICD-10 and includes a number of white papers and presentations. The workgroups and list serves are for the benefits of members, but white papers and other resources are available for the general public.

  • List serves
  • Workgroups
  • White papers
  • Implementation forums
  • Industry advocacy and issue
  • Access to standards leaders

AHIMA –American Health Information Management Association
The AHIMA site is a very rich source of information about ICD-10 that leans more towards hospital based coders, but has a wealth of information that a variety of ICD-10 stakeholders will find extremely valuable.

  • Training and certification
  • Extensive documentation libraries
  • Bookstore
  • Communities of practices
  • ICD-10 focused conferences

HIMSS – Health Information Management Systems Society
The HIMSS website is primarly focused on healthcare systems, but there is a very robust area focuses specifically on ICD-10 from a variety of perspectives. The HIMSS Playbooks is a consolidated repository of whitepapers and other resources that have been contributed by a variety of entities in support of the ICD-10 implementation. Like similar organizations, this site provides both member and non-member information that is very helpful.

  • White papers
  • Implementation, project and budgeting tools
  • List serves
  • Workgroups
  • Advocacy responses
  • Policy analysis

NCHS – National Committee for Health Statistics
This is a government organization that has the responsibility of ongoing maintenance of the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes sets, GEM mappings and oversight of the implementation process. NCHS provides and official forum for responding to the industry around issues of code implementation mapping and definition.

AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This is a government entity that provides a forum around data analysis and quality measurement. This site provides a tool for the aggregation of ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to allow a variety of entities to compare common classifications of diseases consistently at varying levels of aggregation. The files and software to support aggregation to this clinical classification scheme (CCS) is readily available and updated on a periodic basis. A number of reports on utilization using national data are available as part of the Healthcare Utilization Project (HCUP)

UMLS – Uniform Medical Language System
This project of the National Library of Medicine provides a sophisticated source of information on medical vocabularies that may be of value for those that are more specifically involved in medical vocabularies, taxonomies and synonyms. It is a bit overwhelming in scope but may be useful for those immersed in the detail of medical language. A free license provides access to detailed content including SNOMED codes and the mapping of SNOMED to ICD-10 as well as other codes and terminology.

Online News Resources
There are a variety of good online new resources that provider ongoing current information around ICD-10. The user as always should review these articles and papers with the understanding that there may be a product bias and the level of peer review and validation is variable. They do however provide some of the first notices of key changes or issues that may be important.