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Uncover this helpful GEM to assist with ICD-10 transition

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, July 1, 2009

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Despite the fact that ICD-10 implementation is nearly three years away, CMS is ramping up its educational resources now, with General Equivalence Mappings, to equip providers with the tools necessary to begin the transition.

CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wanted to help providers take the first step toward implementation. These agencies, along with AHIMA and the American Hospital Association, created the general equivalence mappings (GEM), a bidirectional tool to aid providers in the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The GEM demonstrates how a code in one set (i.e., the source system) translates to the other (i.e., the target system), with conversions based on code book instructions, index entries, and Coding Clinic advice.

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