ICD-10 Implementation

On March 31, 2014, Congress voted to delay ICD-10 implementation one year, to Oct. 1, 2015. The OSMA strongly encourages members and their staff to use the additional time wisely and continue with your education, training, testing and implementation plan. 

To support your practice with ICD-10 implementation, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) has created this resource for physician information, recommendations, tips, guidelines, timelines, training and much more. A good use of this extra time would be in brushing up on coder competency with anatomy (see training modules below) and physician documentation (see OSMA on demand education).

IMPLEMENTATION TIP: Talk with your vendors!

Talk with your system vendors to be sure that you can count on them to have fully functional, compliant products and services ready in plenty of time to allow for thorough ICD-10 testing. This will help you avoid potential reimbursement issues and interruptions to workflow.

Things to consider discussing with your vendors:

  • System upgrades/replacements needed to accommodate ICD-10
  • What costs are involved and whether upgrades will be covered by existing contracts
  • When upgrades or new systems will be available for testing and implementation
  • What customer support and training will they provide
  • How their products and services will accommodate both ICD-9 and ICD-10 as you work with claims for services provided both before and after the transition deadline

Have an ICD-10 tip to share or question? Email Jean Stevens jstevens@osma.org.

Basic Information and Tips

Understanding the basics is the first step towards successful ICD-10 implementation. The CMS Website and AHIMA Website both have numerous ICD-10 resources:

Implementation Timelines, Guides and Related Tools

These documents/guidelines will help you with a roadmap to follow during the transition:

Education and Training


An education and training plan is essential for successful ICD-10 implementation. Role-based training using various educational methods will have a major impact on effectiveness. For details on all the OSMA ICD-10 education classes and products, please view the live and on demand ICD-10 education offerings at www.osma.org (education tab).

If you have a large number of physicians/staff to be trained and/or are interested in on-site training, click here for more information or  contact Mary Whitacre at mwhitacre@osma.org.

ICD-10 Anatomy and Physiology Modules

The OSMA has partnered with the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) to provide OSMA members and their staff with discounted access to online anatomy and physiology (A&P) modules. Accurate ICD-10 coding requires a level of competency in knowing the anatomy, physiology and disease process related to the different body systems. These modules will be particularly helpful for staff who have responsibility coding ICD-10 but may benefit from a refresher on any particular body systems. Click here for more details, visit the OHIMA website or email ohima@ohima.org


Testing for ICD-10 will require the steps necessary to determine if your systems can correctly transmit and receive diagnosis codes. This process will help ensure reimbursement will not be delayed with implementation of the new code set.

New articles about testing with payers (12.20.2013)

Communication and News

Are you ready to transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014?

Are you ready for transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014? Aug. 30, 2013 MLN Connects™ video

Useful Links/ICD-10 in Other Related Industries

Private Payer Links