CMS is now Offering “Cheat Sheets” for the Upcoming ICD-10 Implementation

To help physicians and other providers get quickly up to speed, CMS has released a series of clinical coding “cheat sheets,” or quick reference guides that match common clinical concepts with their proper ICD-10 codes. These “cheat sheets”, deemed Clinical Concept Series by CMS, are available for six specialties including family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, OB/GYN, orthopedics and pediatrics.

Each guide in the Clinical Concepts Series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online resource package in to a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed. The PDF guides include common ICD-10 codes, clinical documentation tips, clinical scenarios, and links to Road to 10. You can links to the Clinical Concept Guides for each of the six specialties toward the end of this post.

We will use the Family Practice Clinical Concepts Guide for this example.

The free 31-page resource includes a list of ICD-10 codes and corresponding ICD-9 codes that family physicians use most often including: abdominal pain, acute respiratory infections, back and neck pain, chest pain, headache, hypertension and urinary tract infections. The guide also provides family physicians clinical documentation tips on common health topics such as asthma, underdosing (new to ICD-10), abdominal pain and tenderness, and injuries.

CMS Clinical Concept Series:

Family Practice

Internal Medicine





Because quality clinical documentation is essential for communicating the intent of an encounter, confirming medical necessity, and providing detail to support ICD-10 code selection, CMS has also provided outpatient focused scenarios to illustrate specific ICD-10 documentation and coding nuances related to your specialty. We’ve included some shots of one of these clinical scenarios below.

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