CMS issues Q&A on initial ICD-10 claims auditing/quality reporting flexibility

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released guidance related to its recent announcement that Medicare audit contractors will not deny certain Part B physician fee schedule claims based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 code for 12 months after ICD-10 implementation. The guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, ICD-10

CMS to provide August update on ICD-10 implementation as deadline approaches

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will provide an update on ICD-10 implementation during a National Provider Call Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Experts from the AHA and American Health Information Management Association also will offer coding guidance and tips during the call. To register, click ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: ICD-10, coding

Medicare announces initial claims auditing/quality reporting flexibility for ICD-10

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For 12 months after ICD-10 implementation, physicians and other practitioners who bill Medicare under the Part B physician fee schedule will not have claims denied by Medicare review contractors based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 code if they use a valid ICD-10 code from the correct family of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, RACs, Medicare, ICD-10, coding

CMS issues infographic to help with transition to ICD-10

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A new infographic from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services outlines five key steps for health care providers transitioning to ICD-10: make a plan, train staff, update processes, talk with vendors and health plans, and test systems and processes. The infographic includes links to associated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: ICD-10

CMS: Second end-to-end testing of ICD-10 successful

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Medicare claims processing systems are ready to accept ICD-10 claims on Oct. 1, based on results from the second ICD-10 end-to-end testing week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. About 875 health care providers and billing companies submitted more than 23,000 test claims.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, ICD-10

CMS issues videos on ICD-10 payment impact, testing

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a 29-minute video on estimating the impact of the transition to ICD-10 on Medicare inpatient hospital payments. In addition, the agency released a seven-minute video on Medicare’s testing plan for ICD-10. The Medicare Learning Network videos were... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: ICD-10, coding

CMS releases proposed FY 2016 IRF rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today released a proposed rule updating Medicare fee-for-service payments for the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system for fiscal year 2016. The regulation would implement a net payment increase of 1.7%, or $130 million, compared to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, ICD-10, coding

Reminder: April 17 deadline to apply for next ICD-10 end-to-end testing

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Health care providers can apply through April 17 to participate in the third ICD-10 testing sample with Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Common Electronic Data Interchange contractor. Application forms are available on the MAC websites, according to CMS. About 850 volunteers representing a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: ICD-10

CMS: April 17 deadline to apply for ICD-10 end-to-end testing in June

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Health care providers can apply through April 17 to participate in the third ICD-10 testing sample with Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Common Electronic Data Interchange contractor. Application forms are available on the MAC websites, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: ICD-10, coding

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect care

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More than 150 hospital leaders today gathered on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to reject cuts to payments for hospital care that would limit patients’ access to care. During an AHA Advocacy Day briefing in Washington, D.C., which also was webcast, AHA leaders provided the latest details on negotiations... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, readmissions, site neutral payment, GME, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, ICD-10, advocacy

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