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MLN Connects™ National Provider Call: Transitioning to ICD-10

Wednesday, November 5; 1:30-3pm ET

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

HHS has issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. During this MLN Connects™ National Provider Call, CMS subject matter experts will discuss ICD-10 implementation issues, opportunities for testing, and resources. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.Register or visit the November 5 call web page for more information.

Agenda:

  • Final rule and national implementation
  • Medicare Fee-For-Service testing
  • Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Grouper (MS-DRG) Conversion Project
  • Partial code freeze and annual code updates
  • Plans for National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs)
  • Home health conversions
  • Claims that span the implementation date

Target Audience: Medical coders, physicians, physician office staff, nurses and other non-physician practitioners, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, educators, system maintainers, laboratories, and all Medicare providers

Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information web page to learn more.
 

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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