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Letter to CMS from Ways and Means Committee lists steps for smooth ICD-10 transition

With the implementation deadline for ICD-10 less than four months away, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday outlining six recommendations to help ensure a smooth transition. The deadline for ICD-10 compliance is Oct. 1, 2015.

In this letter, the committee recommended that CMS:

  • Expand voluntary end-to-end testing to include more than the current 2,500 providers.
  • Make any contingency plan public.
  • Provide public descriptions about how ICD-10 codes will be applied to incentive programs and incorporated into anti-fraud, waste and abuse efforts.
  • State whether claims need to include the ICD-10 code with the highest specificity on Oct. 1.
  • Teach providers about resources for avoiding claims processing disruption.
  • Work with non-Medicare payers on these measures as much as possible.

To help ensure its members are also prepared for the transition, the Society is offering physician-specific ICD-10 training sessions this summer at its Madison headquarters. Each of these sessions is limited to the first 20 participants:

  • Friday, June 26, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, July 24, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 3, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

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