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ICD-10-CM presents an entirely new process for correctly selecting diagnosis codes.

CMS has confirmed that Oct. 1, 2015 is the new implementation date for ICD-10-CM.

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Physician practices have an extra year to prepare for the biggest change to coding in 30 years: the implementation of the ICD-10-CM code set. ICD-10 now takes effect Oct. 1, 2015. Congress passed a one-year delay on implementation as part of H.R. 4302, which delayed a 24 percent Medicare pay cut until 2015. With ICD-10, the health care system moves from ICD-9’s 14,500-code set to nearly 70,000 codes. Most individual codes are also longer: ICD-10 codes are three to seven characters, vs. ICD-9’s three to five.

To help your practice switch to ICD-10 successfully, the Academy and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) have developed a number of resources to guide you through the transition, including a new ophthalmology-specific ICD-10 book and several courses. The Academy will also provide emails, reminders and other announcements and resources throughout the year to walk you through the transition.

Failure to convert to ICD-10 could jeopardize almost all of your practice's payments, as commercial and federal payers will deny all ICD-9 claims.

What you need to know

What to do

  • Start by contacting your vendors: practice management and/or EHR systems, clearinghouses or billing services, and all the health plans you contract with. Ask about their plans for ICD-10 conversion and compliance. AAOE has prepared a guide for discussing ICD-10 with vendors.
  • Develop an education plan for you and your staff.

NOTE: ICD-10 End to End Testing for July 2014 has been cancelled due to the postponed implementation date. Additional opportunities for end to end testing will be available in 2015.

Resource List

Get Your Staff Ready for ICD-10 

Live events and print/online products

AAOE has everything you and your practice need to successfully transition to ICD-10.

Live events

CODEquest 2015
Physicians and staff must learn the new terminology and guidelines for usage for ICD-10. Learn to conquer ICD-10 during this four-hour, ophthalmology-specific coding seminar. State ophthalmological societies are partnering with the Academy and AAOE to bring ophthalmology’s most popular coding seminar to a city near you.*

2015 schedule will be posted this Fall. Visit

Print and online products

2014 ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology (#0120343)
The only specialty specific book written for ophthalmology by an ophthalmologist. Gordon E. Johns, MD extrapolates from the master data files all diagnosis codes pertaining to ophthalmic care. Includes a quick reference guide that shows frequently reported ICD-9 codes converted to ICD-10 codes. Order at

Conquering ICD-10-CM: Your “How-To” Guide for Ophthalmology (#0120345)
A companion to the ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology reference book, this work book includes coding and ICD-10 scenarios across all subspecialties. Order at

Online Course: 90 Minutes to Conquering ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology
This 90-minute interactive course helps you smoothly and successfully transition to ICD-10. It shows you how to select new ICD-10 codes correctly every time. Available for purchase after Nov. 1 at
*State societies that have partnered with the Academy and AAOE are listed below:
  • Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • Arkansas Ophthalmological Society
  • California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology
  • Georgia Society of Ophthalmology
  • Idaho Society of Ophthalmology
  • Louisiana Ophthalmology Association
  • Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Mississippi Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Montana Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Ohio Ophthalmological Society
  • Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
  • South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology
  • Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Texas Ophthalmological Association
  • Utah Ophthalmology Society
  • Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Wyoming Ophthalmological Society
  • Vermont Ophthalmological Society

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