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Published on January 12, 2015

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ICD-10 News from CMS.gov

Information below taken from: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Latest_News.html

MLN Connects ICD-10 Videos

These new MLN Connects™ videos provide information and updates on how the Medicare community can prepare for ICD-10 and how CMS can help:

• Coding for ICD-10-CM: More of the Basics

• Medicare’s Testing Plan for ICD-10 Success

• Converting the Home Health Prospective Payment System Grouper to ICD-10-CM

National Provider Call: Transitioning to ICD-10 (Nov. 5, 2014)

     o Video Slideshow Presentation
     o PDF Presentation
     o Audio Recording [ZIP, 18MB]
     o Written Transcript

Deadline for ICD-10 Allows Health Care Industry Ample Time to Prepare For Change

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a 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. This new deadline gives 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 more information read the rule or view the press release.

New Medscape Education Resources

CMS has released three new Medscape Education modules to help providers prepare for ICD-10. The new resources are available on the Provider Resources page. Continuing medical education (CME) and nursing continuing education (CE) credits are available to health care professionals who complete the learning modules, but anyone can take them and receive a certificate of completion.  If you are a first-time visitor to Medscape, you will need to create a free account to access these resources.

• Video: ICD-10: Getting From Here to There -- Navigating the Road Ahead
• Video: ICD-10 and Clinical Documentation
• Expert Column: Preparing for ICD-10: Now Is the Time

Road to 10:  CMS Online Resource for Small Practices

CMS has released “Road to 10,” an online resource built with the help of providers in small practices. This tool is designed to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.

“Road to 10” includes specialty references and gives providers the capability to build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs.

Successful Results from CMS ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Week

In March 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a successful ICD-10 testing week. Testers submitted more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-for-service (FFS) claims systems and received electronic acknowledgements confirming that their claims were accepted. Read more about the results of the testing in this CMS eHealth blog.

CMS eHealth University

CMS eHealth University, a resource to help providers understand, implement, and successfully participate in ICD-10 and other CMS eHealth programs, features a full curriculum of materials and information, all in one location. The education modules are organized by level, from beginner to advanced, and simplify complex information in a variety of formats, including fact sheets, guides, videos, checklists, webinar recordings, and more.

Visit eHealth University website to find resources to help you prepare for the compliance date.

CMS/WEDI Implementation Success Initiative

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is partnering with CMS and other public and private organizations to develop the ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative. The first phase of the Initiative, a searchable database of ICD-10 issues, is open to the public to submit questions.  WEDI, CMS, and industry partners will update the database with information and resources to help health care organizations who submit issues understand how the new codes and standards will affect reporting of diagnoses and inpatient procedures.

The goal of this initiative is to ensure a successful ICD-10 transition for all stakeholders, including health care providers, payers, clearinghouses, and vendors.

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Asante prepares for enhanced documentation of patient care

The universal medical code for classifying diseases and injuries will change throughout the U.S. later this year, unless there’s an act of Congress – which there has been in each of the past two years, resulting in a pair of one-year extensions for the implementation deadline.

But if ICD-10 (the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases) goes into effect as scheduled on Oct. 1, coding specialists, providers and others throughout the Asante organization will be affected by the upgrade from ICD-9. The new system – already in use by about 25 countries worldwide – uses a system of about 70,000 diagnosis codes, compared with about 15,000 under ICD-9.

The new ICD-10 standards will change how physicians and providers document patient care provided in hospitals, and the way it is coded for reimbursement. A much more specific degree of coding will improve the quality of documentation and the resulting patient care.

Asante’s ICD-10 steering committee has been meeting periodically for the past few years, and is gearing up again for this year’s implementation date. The committee will coordinate training in how to use the new classification system, communication with those who are most affected by the change and implementation of the new code set across all Asante entities.

The committee is in the process of updating Asante’s ICD-10 website, and will post additional information as it becomes available, throughout the implementation period and beyond. Asante is dedicated to helping clinical staff and providers successfully transition to the new classification system.

Asante’s training for the federally-mandated changeover will be customized to the needs of ICD-10 users and physician specialties. Most if not all Asante employees should expect at least a basic educational session on ICD-10.

For information or questions, email Asante’s ICD-10 steering committee at ICD-10@asante.org.

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