The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a joint effort to train providers for the October 1, 2015 implementation of ICD-10 via press release, July 6, 2015.
AAPC can help your practice transition to ICD-10 before the mandated Oct 1, 2015 implementation date. Read More
"Families" of Diagnoses —
By Jeanne Yoder, RHIA, CPC, CPC-I, CCS-P
What is a diagnosis ‘family?’ More than one coder was wondering this when they saw, posted at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Downloads/ICD-10-guidance.pdf:
Q2. Read More
Watch Ten CMS Facts About ICD-10 —
With ICD-10 quickly approaching, now is the time to clear up misconceptions. There are many myths about ICD-10, so the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Read More
ICD-10 White Paper Helps Transition —
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 Read More
ICD-10 Implementation (Cont.)
A New Deadline Approaches
On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2015 as the compliance date for healthcare providers, healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to implement ICD-10-CM. Although previous deadlines were moved HHS has dubbed further ICD-10 delays a myth, and announced “no plans to extend the compliance date for implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS; therefore, covered entities should plan to complete the steps required to implement ICD-10-CM/PCS on October 1, 2015”.
Implementation is inevitable
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated the replacement of the ICD-9-CM code sets used by medical coders and billers to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures with ICD-10 codes, effective Oct. 1, 2015. ICD-10 implementation will radically change the way coding is done and will require a significant effort to implement. The time for ICD-10 implementation training is now, and through AAPC, thousands of organizations and individuals have become ICD-10 Implementation Ready.