ICD-10 Resources and Updates for Transitioning

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ICD-10 Deadline is set for October 1, 2015. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015. For the most updated communication from CMS visit their ICD-10 online pages.

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Here is the latest in news and resources to help you in meeting this deadline.

Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities – Update
On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows 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 Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities,” which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions. Today CMS has reissued these Questions and Answers with revisions to questions 3 and 5.

MLN Connects National Provider Call
When: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 2:30-4:00pm ET
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Countdown to ICD- 10 – Five weeks before ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the American Hospital Association (AHA) will be joining CMS for this call with coding guidance and tips, along with updates from CMS.

ICD-10 Quick Start Guide
This guide outlines 5 steps health care professionals should take to prepare for ICD-10 by the October 1, 2015, compliance date. You can complete parts of different steps at the same time if that works best for your practice.

CMS Continues ICD-10 Training Series for Small and Rural Practices
Joint Effort with AHIMA, AAPC, and PAHCOM – CMS is offering a series of in-person ICD-10 trainings to help providers in small and rural practices prepare for the October 1, 2015, transition. Working in conjunction with AHIMA, AAPC, and PAHCOM, CMS has conducted dozens of trainings across the United States to help providers get ready. There is still time to get ready for ICD-10, so sign up for trainings in your area and visit the Road to 10 Tool on the CMS ICD-10 website for resources. Check the Road to 10 Tool often for updates on additional trainings.

Video Learning
These are CMS videos and presentation recordings on ICD-10 basics to transitions.

eHealth University
CMS is working to coordinate its eHealth programs to create a more efficient health care system. The eHealth University is available with resources about all these programs. There you can find information on ICD-10 for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

ICD-10 Resources Spotlight: Road to 10
Looking for help planning and executing your ICD-10 transition? CMS has developed the Road to 10, a free online resource built with the help of physicians in small practices. Available on the Provider Resources web page, this tool is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.

ICD-10 MS-DRG Conversion Project
Get information on the this project for using the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) to convert the draft MS-DRGs to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Information is also provided on undertaking a similar conversion project.

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