The CMS will offer "Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011," a free teleconference from 1-3 p.m. ET on Jan. 12. Register online at eventsvc.com through 1 p.m. Jan. 11.
With a target audience that includes medical coders, physician office staff, health-records staff, vendors, educators, system maintenance advisers and all Medicare fee-for-service providers, the teleconference will offer advice on education and training strategies, determining vendor readiness and developing an ICD-10 budget. Information on differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 and tools for converting codes also will be provided.
The ICD-10 system increases the number of diagnostic codes to 68,000 from 13,000 and takes effect Oct. 1, 2013.