CMS Posts New Guidance on ICD-1O

I am posting this message from CMS about ICD-10 as it identifies several potentially important resources for those practices still working towards the ICD-10 deadline (which likely means everyone):

The ICD-10 compliance date is less than a year away! The October 1, 2014 transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes will affect all entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).  It’s important for health care providers, health plans, clearinghouses, hospitals, payers, and vendors to prepare for the transition now.

As part of on-going efforts to help industry prepare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new educational resources to help providers with each phase of the ICD-10 implementation process, including:

  • Online ICD-10 Guide – a comprehensive resource to help providers implement every step of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 medical codes.
  • Introduction to ICD-10 – an overview of ICD-10, in-depth steps for providers to take to prepare, and available educational resources to use along the way.
  • Role of Clearinghouses in ICD-10 Transition – an overview of how to determine if clearinghouses offer ICD-10 transition billing/coding services.
  • Basics for Small and Rural Practices – a resource focused on supporting small and rural practices with activities related to ICD-10 transition.
  • ICD-10 Resources Flyer – a complete list of all available CMS resources related to ICD-10 transition, updated to include recently launched materials.

 All entities covered by HIPAA are required to make the transition, not just those who submit Medicare or Medicaid claims.

 Continuing Education: Medscape Modules

Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) credits are available to physicians and nurses who complete ICD-10: ICD-10: A Roadmap for Small Clinical Practices and ICD-10: Small Practice Guide to a Smooth Transition, two free Medscape Education Modules that provide guidance to small practices making the transition to ICD-10.


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