Famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

You are not the only one that put off planning as of April 15, 2015 about 50% of providers are not taking ICD-10 seriously as stated in the following article, by NueMD, “WEDI Survey says we’re not ready for ICD-10, as expected” .

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As one of the authors of the more than 30 InstaCode ICD-10-CM specialty books, I’ve noticed two common reactions to our books.

First, people are amazed at how big our books are. Some of our books are over 2,000 pages – split up into 3 volumes. We did this so that we could use a font size you could read and so that we could include many of the features and helps I’ll describe in this article.

And the second reaction is usually, “Whoa, what do I do with this stack of books?”

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Yes, it’s true. There IS an ICD-10-CM code book written just for acupuncture.

People are often surprised when I tell them this. Most of the people I talk to have seen the thick, multi-colored books with teeny-tiny printing, published by a handful of publishers (hint: many of them are the same book with a different cover).

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ICD-10-CM is coming on like a freight train. If you are in the medical profession and you don’t know what ICD-10-CM is, you must have been in a coma for the last few years.

ICD-10-CM is a long overdue update to the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code set that was introduced over 25 years ago. Where ICD-9-CM had about 9,000 codes, ICD-10-CM has nearly 70,000 – an almost 10 fold increase. Many ICD-10-CM codes are much more specific than their ICD-9-CM counterparts.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses a network of contractors called

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