CMS Issues Major New ICD-10 Guidance for Physicians

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.

CMS to make ICD-10 transition less disruptive for physicians

An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD.

Implementation of the ICD-10 code set is just around the corner, with a hard deadline of Oct. 1. Many physicians have been concerned about adopting this code set because of the heavy investment of time and resources and the potential for claims disruptions that could interfere with patient care.

Five Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for ICD-10

The reality is that ICD-10 will be here before we know it, and providers need to get ready to avoid serious impacts to their productivity and cash flow. Here are five things you should be doing now to reduce the impact this transition will have on your organization.

News You Can Use: Preparing for ICD-10

We’re keeping an eye on news updates about ICD-10, and have compiled some helpful resources to get you up to speed on how ICD-10 will impact you.

Managing Your Coders through ICD-10 Implementation

At this point in the healthcare industry’s implementation of ICD-10, many industry articles have focused on critical education needs, physician cooperation, systems and documentation assessments, and the elusive end-to-end testing. However, there is one minor overlooked facet of this upcoming industry shift – managing your staff’s crisis in this change.
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