Moving to ICD-10 Codes in the Arkansas Health Care System
As of Oct. 1, 2014, all providers billing Arkansas Medicaid will be required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use billing codes outlined in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (known as ICD–10). The federal mandate requires all health plans, clearinghouses and healthcare providers to use ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. Arkansas Medicaid already has begun preparing for the shift to ICD-10.
 The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) consists of two parts: 
1. ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) for diagnosis coding
2. ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Coding System) for inpatient procedure coding.
ICD-10-CM is used in all U.S. health care settings and uses 3 to 7 alphanumeric characters instead of the current 3 to 5 digit codes (numeric, with the exception of E and V codes) used by ICD-9-CM, Volume 1 & 2 diagnosis codes. ICD-10-PCS is used for inpatient procedures and uses 7 alphanumeric characters instead of the 3 to 4 numeric digits of ICD-9-CM, Volume 3.
 The Arkansas Medicaid ( and this website will be updated throughout the ICD-10 implementation process, including with information about opportunities for trainings. Please check back frequently for important updates.  

News for 2014 ​February 21, 2014

OMB Receives Interim Final Rule Regarding ICD-10 Compliance Date:                                         -July 1, 2014
Follow the link below to read the latest on the revised ICD-10 compliance date.  The Interim Final Rule (IFR) was delivered to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday June 13th for review.  Following
review and approval by the OMB, it will be published in the Federal Register.  The article outlines some of the challenges and concerns of the industry related to the latest proposed compliance date of October 1, 2015.
Road to I-10: Hints & Tips                                                                                                    -June 11, 2014
Although the transition to ICD-10 has been pushed back until “no sooner than October 1 2015”; providers are encouraged to continue to evaluate their IT infrastructure, their office throughput and their documentation practices.  CMS has recently launched a website that will assist provider in this endeavor.  The “Road to 10” was developed with the small physician practice in mind.  This link will provide information on the basics and benefits of ICD-10 as well as free webcasts related to documentation, specific to each specialty:
Please let Arkansas Medicaid know how we can continue to assist you in your journey to ICD-10 compliance by sending us an email at:
ICD-10 TESTING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED                                                                                   -June 2, 2014
Arkansas Medicaid continues to move forward in our ICD-10 remediation and transition work efforts.  We need providers who will assist us in testing our recently developed Content Based Testing Tool.  This tool will present the user with a clinical scenario that will be coded using ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.  The user will be provided with feedback regarding the accuracy of the codes that have been assigned to the scenario.  This is a great opportunity for you to begin training your staff in ICD-10 coding!  We would encourage you to take advantage of this FREE opportunity that will assist you and your staff as well as provide Arkansas Medicaid with feedback regarding the tool.  If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: and include your name and contact information.  We will notify you regarding the testing dates.  We appreciate your willingness to assist us as we continue to move toward the ICD-10 compliance date.
ICD-10 Update                                                                                                                     -April 14, 2014
On April 30, 2014 CMS released the 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule, wherein CMS states on page 648 that the “The ICD-10-CM/PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015”.   We will continue to keep you updated as additional details are released.  We encourage you to continue moving forward with your education, training and testing initiatives.
Basic ICD-10 Overview- Provider Education                                                                               -April 3, 2014
This article describes the status of ICD-10, the impact of these changes as well as additional information.
SMA Announces ICD-10 Webinars:                                                                                       -March 11, 2014
The Southern Medical Association is hosting several ICD-10 Readiness webinars in the coming weeks.  Please take advantage of these free webinars as the industry continues to prepare for the October 1, 2014 compliance date for ICD-10.
New From CMS                                                                                                                  -March 10, 2014
This article was published in Becker’s Hospital Review last week.  It includes a link to an ICD-10 Impact Assessment Checklist published by the AMA.  We hope you find this information helpful as you continue to prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014.
As the healthcare industry continues to move forward towards the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2014; CMS has dedicated a website specific to the needs of Physician Practices.  The tools and references are available at no cost to the user.  Please visit this website and take advantage of the latest information from CMS.
MLN Matters SE1409 ICD-10 Testing Coding Process and Examples                                        
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CMS_Testing_Article_2.2014                                                                                           -February 21, 2014
Provider Links & Tip Sheet
We have created a tip sheet to assist provider offices in the continuing transition to ICD-10.  This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, but rather a starting point of leading industry resources.  We hope you find this information helpful.
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Provider Tip Sheet                                                                                                          -February 21, 2014
Free ICD-10 Coding Webinars                                                                                              
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is hosting a series of 4 free webinars in 2014.  The AHA is your source for quality coding education and they are providing these webinars free of cost.  The first webinar; entitled:
ICD-10 for Rural and Critical Access Hospitals – A Roadmap for Successful Implementation will be held on March 12, 2014.  Click on this link for additional information and registration:
(Click on this link to get to the documents.) 
ICD-10 for Rual & Critical Access Hospitals                                                                        -February 20, 2014

News for 2014 ​February 6, 2014

 News Update for CMS ICD-10 in 2014
 This document will help providers plan their transsition to ICD-10.
(Please click on link below for document.
CMS_ICD-10 Transition Document                                                                                     -February 6, 2014
Medscape in collaboration with CMS has produced two videos designed to assist providers in small provider offices as they prepare for the transition to ICD-10 on October 1,2014. If you are unable to view the video, the written content is provided as well. These presentations also offer free CE credit for physicians and nurses. Instructions for obtaining CE are included on the video and in the written materials provided.
(Click on these links to get to the document.)
Transition to ICD10-Video/Article Medscape-809724                                                           - February 3, 2014
Transition to ICD10-Video/Article Medscape-809726                                                           - February 3, 2014
ICD-9 to ICD-10 Crosswalk Diagnoses by Specialty                                                             - January 15, 2014

News for 2013 ​December 17, 2013

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ICD-10 Physician Readiness                                                                                           -December 17, 2013
ICD-10 Free AAPC Diagnoses Crosswalks                                                                       -December 13, 2013
ICD-10 News Updates                                                                                                   -November 25, 2013
ICD-10 News - Resources For Providers                                                                         -November 14, 2013
ICD-10 Back to School: Identify How ICD-10 Will Affect Your Practice                                -November 8, 2013
FAQs for Atypical Providers                                                                                                                    -September 25, 2013
FAQs for Atypical Providers                                                                                            -August 8, 2013

News for 2013 June 13, 2013       

CMS FAQs for ICD-10 Billing
CMS has released three FAQs about submitting ICD-10 claims around the October 1, 2014, deadline. These FAQs update previous information about submitting claims and explain how to split claims for services that span the October 1, 2014, transition date.

The three FAQs on ICD-10 billing discuss these topics:
  • How do I report ICD-10 codes on claims when the dates of service span from prior to 10/1/2014 to on or after 10/1/2014? (#8246)
  • If I submit or process a transaction with an ICD-9 code for a date of service after October 1, 2014, am I HIPAA compliant? (#8248)
  • How long after the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 compliance date must I continue to report and/or process ICD-9 codes? (#8252)

You can find these questions and many other FAQs about ICD-10 at

Useful Resources

CMS-1500 Claim Form Updates: Medicare to Accept Revised Form                                  - September 5, 2013
Implementation for Physicians, Partial Code Freeze, and MS-DRG Conversion Project MLN Connects™ Video                                                                                                                         - September 4, 2013
Healthcare Dictionary                                                                                                    - August 21, 2013
Top 10 ICD-10 Readiness Questions for your Vendors                                                      - July 19, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions                                                                                           - April 12, 2013
Information from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services can be found at
Information about the American Health Information Management Association cane be found at
Other helpful websites include:



Contact Information

If you want more information or have questions about Arkansas Medicaid ICD-10 implementation, please contact