This article (link below) was published by AHIMA and reprinted with permission by Physician’s Practice. It details recommendations regarding how EHRs users and vendors should approach the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM. EHR vendors that are transitioning to SNOMED CT before the October 1, 2015 deadline for using ICD-10-CM will be able to offer a relatively smooth transition. In some cases EHR users maintain local ICD-9-CM codes (e.g., templates, pick lists for diseases, etc.). These individuals will need to work with their EHR vendors to identify where in their EHRs locally maintained ICD-9-CM codes may reside, and the steps needed to update them to ICD-10-CM.
Article Link: EHRs and the ICD-10 Transition: Planning for 2015
Author of article (and this post): Michael Stearns, MD, CPC