In CMS
Aug 6th, 2015
CMS and the AMA stated, July 6, that they are making joint efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS allowing for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes. In response to questions from the health care community, CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers ...
In CMS
Jul 29th, 2015
By Jeanne Yoder, RHIA, CPC, CPC-I, CCS-P What is a diagnosis ‘family?’ More than one coder was wondering this when they saw: What happens if I use the wrong ICD-10 code, will my claim be denied? While diagnosis coding to correct level of specificity is the goal for all claims, for 12 months after ICD-10 ...
AAPC’s ICD-10 White Paper, “ICD-10: The History,  Impact, and  Keys to Success,” is now available at no cost for members and non-members staring down the implementation of the new code set October 1. The white paper, which discusses the history, benefits, and impact of ICD-10, includes steps to a successful ICD-10 transition. AAPC offers several ...
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2015
A few days after the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a compromise regarding ICD-10 implementation, CMS published a short Q&A regarding new rules. The Q&A outlines the its new Ombudsman role, and how long practitioners can file Part B claims with incorrect ICD-10 codes before penalty. Here’s ...
Jul 14th, 2015
 By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC For those breathing a sigh of relief in hopes of not having to be prepared based on the recent release from CMS and AMA need to take a deeper breath. Let’s take a closer look at two of the provisions to understand why: CMS will ...