The CDC has released a series of downloads for the 2014 update of the ICD-10-CM (diagnosis codes). Each download features an addendum file that details the latest content changes for the 2014 release, and this year they’ve made PDF and XML file formats available. Click here to access the list of downloads.

A couple of things to note: 

  1. Some downloads are in a compressed zip format, which is a file type where many files are compressed together into one download. If you right-click the file and select “extract,” you can uncompress all the downloads and choose where all the individual files will save to your computer.
  2. Although this ICD-10-CM release is available for viewing, the codes in ICD-10-CM are not currently valid for use yet, because the mandatory implementation date isn’t until October 1, 2015.
  3. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), under authorization from the World Health Organization, anticipates further updates to ICD-10-CM prior to implementation. Thus, anything you download now is bound to change in some form before October 2015.

Don't let the amount of codes overwhelm you. We're here to help. In addition to all the ICD-10-themed blog posts we're sharing this month, we're also hosting a webinar next week that's jam-packed with helpful ICD-10 information. Register for it here.

9 Most Common Medicare Misconceptions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs - Regular Banner9 Most Common Medicare Misconceptions for PTs, OTs, and SLPs - Small Banner
  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code? Image

    articleOct 23, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code?

    We’re a little more than three weeks into the ICD-10 transition, and while the frenzy seems to be dying down, there are still a lot of folks out there who aren’t 100% confident in their coding abilities. Of all the coding-related questions we’ve received, the vast majority have fallen into the “Is [insert ICD-10 code] the right code for [insert injury, disease, or condition]?” category. In this edition of our ICD-10 Talk video series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga …

  • The Complete PT Billing FAQ Image

    articleMay 24, 2016 | 25 min. read

    The Complete PT Billing FAQ

    Over the years, WebPT has a hosted a slew of billing webinars and published dozens of billing-related blog posts. And in that time, we’ve received our fair share of tricky questions. Now, in an effort to satisfy your curiosity, we’ve compiled all of our most common brain-busters into one epic FAQ. Don’t see your question? Ask it in the comments below. (And be sure to check out this separate PT billing FAQ we recently put together.) Questions …

  • The PT’s 2015 ICD-10 Checklist  Image

    webinarFeb 24, 2015

    The PT’s 2015 ICD-10 Checklist

    The ICD-10 switch is upon us—October 1, 2015, to be exact—and you only have about seven months to finalize all of your clinic’s preparations. Feel your brow beading with stress sweat? Instead of fretting, tune in to this must-watch webinar. Hosts Heidi Jannenga and Mike Manheimer will outline everything you and your practice need to do to be ICD-10-ready before the clock runs out. In this session, you’ll learn how to: Assess current clinic diagnosis coding processes …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes Image

    articleJul 31, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes

     By now, you’ve probably seen—and made fun of—more than a few wacky-sounding ICD-10 codes. And while chances are slim that you’ll actually need to code for a patient who has been struck by a macaw or suffered a burn due to his or her water skis being on fire—two situations that would warrant the use of external cause codes—you may very well need to code for some more common (and less funny) external causes of injury. In …

  • articleJan 23, 2014 | 4 min. read

    Five Reasons Why ICD-10 Isn’t All Doom and Gloom

    The transition to the Tenth Revision to the International Classification of Diseases—a.k.a. ICD-10—is one of the biggest challenges facing the medical community this year. Actually, it’s one of the biggest challenges of the last 30 years, because that’s how long it’s been since ICD got a makeover of this magnitude. Starting October 1, 2015, virtually all medical providers in the US must use diagnosis codes from this brand new code set. Otherwise, they won’t get paid. Oh …

  • ICD-10 Breaking News: AMA Secures ICD-10 Grace Period Image

    articleJul 6, 2015 | 2 min. read

    ICD-10 Breaking News: AMA Secures ICD-10 Grace Period

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today several changes to the plan for ICD-10 implementation in the US. The changes come as a result of the American Medical Association’s (AMA)  hard push for a grace period . AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, explained the adjustments in a post published today on  AMA Viewpoints . We’ve reviewed this post, and here’s what we’ve learned: During the first year of the ICD-10 transition, CMS will …

  • Understanding the ICD-10 Code Structure Image

    articleOct 29, 2013 | 7 min. read

    Understanding the ICD-10 Code Structure

    The leap from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is a big one, so it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. However, you can better digest the codes if you understand their structure. Let’s break it down. The Usual Cast of Characters Codes in the ICD-10-CM code set can have three, four, five, six, or seven characters. Many three-character codes are used as headings for categories of codes; these three-character codes can further expand to four, five, or six characters …

  • What’s Your ICD-10 Spirit Animal Code? [Quiz] Image

    articleAug 24, 2015 | 1 min. read

    What’s Your ICD-10 Spirit Animal Code? [Quiz]

    If you know anything about ICD-10—and by now, I really hope you do—then you’ve definitely heard at least a few giggle-inducing entries from the new code set. And many of those wacky codes involve our winged, finned, hoofed, and tailed friends. Sure, you probably won’t ever have the opportunity to submit “W56.12XA, Struck by sea lion, initial encounter” or “W61.43XS, Pecked by turkey, sequela”—but such codes have definitely provided the healthcare community with some much-needed comic relief …

  • Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software Image

    articleOct 24, 2016 | 5 min. read

    Last Legs: The Compliance Vulnerabilities of Dead or Dying Software

    Rusty mechanical equipment. Creaky carnival rides. Wobbly chairs. People are naturally skeptical of things that are dilapidated, rundown, or slipshod—and with good reason. After all, that which is ramshackle usually isn’t reliable. Now, imagine it’s the physical therapy software you use everyday to run your rehab therapy practice that’s gone derelict. Take PTOS EMR, for example , because if you didn’t know, this therapy office software is going out of business, and it has ceased all updates …

Achieve greatness in practice with the ultimate EMR for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.