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Why It’s Essential That MACRA’s Start Be Delayed

This week at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, providers heard some comforting statements from Senate leaders and a key official from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the hearing, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for CMS, said his agency was looking for ways to be flexible with the approach for enacting the […]

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CDC Releases 2017 ICD-10-CM Codes

Since the release of the 2017 ICD-10-PCS codes, the healthcare vendor community has been waiting with bated breath for the 2017 ICD-10-CM codes. Now they’re here.

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The State of ICD-10 Implementation: Calm, and Qualms

Now at almost the 9-month mark, the implementation of the new ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision) diagnostic codes by physician practices resembles a calm, glassy stretch of ocean broken by a solitary shark fin.

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6 Strategies for Physicians to Successfully Navigate MIPS

CMS’ Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 replaced the current Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System and Value-Based Payment Modifier this year.

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Payers Stepping Ahead of CMS by Demanding Greater Specificity

Some experts are predicting a large spike in denials beginning on Oct. 1, 2016 when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require claims to be more specific. Forward-looking providers are assembling teams to prepare now.

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ICD-10 Coding Freeze Is Over

Just as the Ice Age eventually ended, so has the ICD-10 coding freeze.

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CMS, CDC Add More than 5,000 Codes to ICD-10 Coding System

The reason that there has been such a large rise in codes for the ICD-10 coding system is due to a partial freeze that occurred before the implementation deadline on October 1, 2015.

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Putting a Halt to ICD-10 AMI Documentation Obstacles

ICD-10 went into effect Oct. 1, 2015 and, so far, everything seems to be going pretty well. There are a few areas, however, that continue to give clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists and coders headaches. One of these problems is Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) documentation. In ICD-10 there is a demand for increased specificity – […]

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ICD-10: Good For Starters But Much Work Ahead

As it was billed and touted, ICD-10-CM/PCS gives medical personnel vastly expanded powers of specificity when diagnosing diseases and other health issues. Yet that greatly enhanced specificity comes with a price tag—a transition period that some observers believed could be messy and disruptive.

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CMS Posts New Medicaid IT Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an online resource to support states’ efforts to update outdated IT systems, Andy Slavitt, CMS’ acting administrator, announced on Monday.

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ICD-10 Ombudsman: Transition will be ‘Rocky’ Couple of Months

ICD-10 Ombudsman: Transition will be ‘Rocky’ Couple of Months

As the newly-appointed ICD-10 ombudsman, William Rogers, M.D., is the internal advocate within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services charged with investigating and addressing stakeholder complaints and problems they might encounter starting October 1—the compliance deadline for the new code set.

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CMS Issues Clarifying Questions and Answers

CMS Issues Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities

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ICD-10 Readiness: Physician Practices Lag Far Behind Hospitals

Hospitals did not get any ICD-10 relief as part of CMS’ accord with the AMA regarding a specificity grace period. However, they might not need much help, according to the latest Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) survey.

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CMS and AMA Release Clarifications on ICD-10 Guidance

On July 27, in response to questions from healthcare providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Medical Association (AMA) released clarifications on their ICD-10 guidance for the medical diagnosis codes that take effect Oct. 1.

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State Medical Societies Warn of Disaster with ICD-10 Transition

The country’s four largest state medical societies—California, Florida, New York, and Texas—have warned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline is a “looming disaster.”

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100 Days To ICD-10: Where The Industry Stands

The implementation deadline for ICD-10 is only 100 days away, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to push for transition periods or an outright ban of the code set while surveys reveal that participation in testing still lags.

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