Smooth Rollout For New ICD-10 Medical Codes, Insurers Say

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The launch of tens of thousands of new government-mandated “ICD-10” codes used to describe diseases and hospital procedures in the billing process has seen few problems in the early days of its launch, large health insurers say. The news of a smooth rollout thus far comes from Humana HUM +0.33% (HUM) and UnitedHealth Group UNH -1.88%… Read more »

CMS Fact Sheet: EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 and Beyond

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make, electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to readily, safely, and securely exchange that information. The final rules for 2015… Read more »

CMS: Government shutdown won’t jeopardize ICD-10 transition

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However, uncertainty surrounds ICD-10 Coordination Center, ombudsman While officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not say definitively on a media call Thursday what the status of the agency’s new ICD-10 Coordination Center and its ombudsman would be in the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, they did maintain that… Read more »

Some ICD-10 Insight

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At this point, it’s a good idea to conduct one last check to re-confirm if your payers will be ready to accept ICD-10 codes on 10/1, your respective clearinghouse testing has been completed, the physicians and staff in your group are comfortable with the new code set, and your medical software is ready.  If you… Read more »

Medicare Has ICD-10 Accommodation Period, But What About Others…?

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In early July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services struck a deal with the American Medical Association in which CMS agreed to a one-year Medicare payment accommodation period after the ICD-10 October 1 compliance date in which claims incorrectly coded would be paid as long as they are coded in the appropriate family of… Read more »

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

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As circulated by CMS on 7/31/15: 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… Read more »

CMS Guidance on Meaningful Use Objectives

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Source: CMS – EHR Incentive Programs Review Updated Information on Reporting Menu Objectives CMS has released updated guidance on the how eligible professionals should select menu objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the information below. Guidance… Read more »

New CMS MLN Connects ICD-10 Video

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Source: CMS News Updates In this MLN Connects™ video on Coding for ICD-10-CM: More of the Basics, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the American Hospital Association (AHA) provide a basic introduction to ICD-10-CM coding. The objective of this video is to enhance viewers’ understanding of the… Read more »

Learn How to Successfully Report Clinical Quality Measures for 2014

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Source: CMS eHealth News Updates Are you an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program? If so, CMS encourages you to join the next eHealth provider webinar on Wednesday, December 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET for an overview of 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) and reporting options. CMS representatives will… Read more »

Learn More about Clinical Documentation Improvement to Support ICD-10 Readiness

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With less than one year until the October 1, 2015, ICD-10 compliance date, now is the time to focus on clinical documentation improvement (CDI). ICD-10 offers greater specificity than ICD-9, allowing documentation to be translated into an accurate and clear clinical picture. Find out how to be sure that your documentation practices are ready for… Read more »