ICD-10 Courses and Code Set Databases
ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS Courses and Code Set Databases presented by ICD10 CodeLink.com – Daniel W. Turner, CPC, CEMC, CPEDC, Certified ICD10 Analyst

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ICD-10 CodeLink Online Course
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CEU Approved Online Course and Database: ICD-10 Codelink

Presented by ICD10CodeLink.comDaniel W. Turner, CPC, CEMC, CPEDC, Certified ICD10 Analyst


ICD-10 Codelink Database

The purpose of the ICD-10 CodeLink Database is to provide healthcare professionals and students with a convenient, efficient and inexpensive coding tool with reference documents for guidance and learning.

Physicians, medical coders and billers, medical office managers, coding instructors, students and many others in the healthcare industry will benefit from having the ICD-10 CodeLink Database on their computer.

At the core of ICD-10 are the codes themselves and the expanded scope from ICD-9-CM.

The ICD-10-CM data files are available from the CMS (Centers for Medicare Services) website. The NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) website offers the code set also. Printed code books and online code lookup websites contain the information as well.

It is a reasonable expectation that the ICD-10 data sources are efficient and economical to use and also, that they contain complete and correct information!

Unfortunately, this is not the case…

  • The ICD-10 data files from CMS are difficult to navigate, are inefficient and time-consuming when searching for information.
  • Multiple files or books are needed to access information across the 2 classification systems.
  • GEM (General Equivalency Mapping) files need to be incorporated into a database to be useful.

Online code lookup websites often display codes only and do not contain critical additional information necessary for correct code selection.

There needs to be an efficient and inexpensive ICD-10 resource as healthcare professionals utilize the new classification system.

The ICD-10 CodeLink Database compiles the numerous disjointed data files into one source. Having easy access to all the data files allows for correct and efficient interaction with the ICD-10-CM classification system.

The source documents for the ICD-10 CodeLink Database are from the CMS and NCHS websites:
www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html and

The ICD-10 CodeLink database contains the ICD-10-CM and General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) files for 2017.

  • Alphabetic Index
  • External Causes of Injury Index
  • Neoplasm Table
  • Table of Drugs and Chemicals
  • Tabular List of ICD-10 Chapters
  • GEM files (both 'backward' and 'forward' mapping) with complete code descriptions.
  • ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
  • GEM Guidelines

Benefits of the ICD-10 CodeLink Database

By compiling all the data files into a spreadsheet database, grouping Index main terms and employing hyperlinks, ICD-10-CM code lookup and search time is greatly reduced.

Complete code information is accessed in seconds!

The ICD-10 CodeLink database was created using Excel 2010 for PC and is in binary format (.xlsb)

  • Excel 2007+ is needed to download and view this spreadsheet version of the code set 
  • MAC users should download the Sample Database as a test for compatibility with Excel for MAC



The ICD-10 CodeLink Database is easy to navigate

  • Click on the + sign to the left of Index entries to expand the group
  • Click on the - sign to the left of Index main terms (or the solid line) to collapse the group
  • Click on underlined blue codes to hyperlink or 'jump' to a specific code destination
  • Use worksheet navigation arrows in the bottom-left hand corner of the Excel window to move to a specific worksheet
  • Press the 'Home' key to go to the top of a worksheet

Course Contents:

Lesson 1: Understanding ICD-10-CM
    About ICD-10-CM
    Benefits of ICD-10-CM
           Specificity in ICD-10-CM
           Examples of ICD-10-CM Specificity
           ICD-10-CM Impact on Coding and Documentation
           Documentation Requirements
    ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
    ICD-10-CM Organization
           ICD-10-CM Code Format
           Alphabetic Index
           Alphabetic Index Conventions
           Tabular List
           Tabular List Conventions
    General Coding Guidelines
    ICD-10-CM Coding - Important Points
    Locating a Code in ICD-10-CM
           Step-By-Step Coding Examples
    ICD-10-CM Learning Activities
    ICD-10-CM Practice Questions

Lesson 2: Understanding General Equivalence Mapping (GEM)
    About GEM
    Understanding GEM
           GEM Terms
   Diagnosis Codes and Differences in Classification
   Who Can Use The General Equivalence Mappings?
   Use The GEMs When...
   Format of GEM
   Types of Matches in GEM
   Types of Entries in GEM
           Single Entry
           Combination Entry
   GEM Attributes
           The Approximate Flag
           The No Map Flag
           The Combination Flag
   GEM Learning Activity
   GEM Practice Questions

Video Presentations - ICD-10-CM Examples with GEM Analysis

Graded Quiz - Understanding ICD-10-CM and GEM

    Download a sample of the ICD-10 CodeLink Database

    A sample of the database is available for download, containing the Neoplasm Table, Chapter 2, Neoplasms and associated GEM files.


    View an ICD-10 Codelink Demo:

    View a short demo which shows the ICD10 CodeLink Database in action.