There is so much talk about ICD-10 so my suggestion is to learn about it. There are several ways to find out more about the implementation of ICD-10. On the CMS.gov (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service) website we are constantly monitoring updates to ensure our programs are aligned with the latest requirements. Updated resources are now available to reflect the October 1, 2014, deadline. The CMS implementation guides, checklists, and timelines have been adapted and provide step-by-step guidance around the transitions. The ICD-10 implementation guides provide detailed information for planning and executing the ICD-10 transition for small and medium practices, hospitals, and payers. You can get the downloadable PDF versions from the CMS website. CMS provides national provider calls with updates for medical facilities about the ICD-10 implementation. You can visit the website for more information regarding these teleconferences. Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association is a keynote speaker at the next call. Another avenue used by CMS to get the message out to the masses are the use of the Talk Ten Tuesday Podcast. Each podcast reviews a different topic about ICD-10 and what you should be doing to prepare. At Meditec we prepare the students for a career in the field of medical billing and coding. Our programs are unique in that they prepare students for a world that still uses the ICD-9 codes, but concentrate on the future. October 2014, I can’t believe I am blogging about something over a year away. We like to be very prepared at Meditec and so do our students.