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No more delays: ICD-10 deadline is here

Following two delays by Congress, today marks the official implementation of ICD-10, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established ICD-10 as the “new national coding standard” for reporting diagnoses and medical procedures, but the original implementation date of Oct. 1, 2013 was first extended to Oct 1, 2014 and then again to Oct. 1, 2015.

As of today, all HIPAA-covered entities are required to use ICD-10. And while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said it will relax enforcement of specificity on ICD-10 claims for the next 12 months, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services today begins enforcing the code specificity for Medicaid claims. (Click here to read this Sept. 3 Medigram article.)

The Wisconsin Medical Society has many ICD-10 resources available on its website for physicians and their health care teams. In addition, on Oct. 28, Jen Cohrs, the Society’s director of educational strategies, will present “ICD-10: Lessons Learned Post-Implementation.” During the one-hour webinar, Cohrs will discuss key areas of interest from the mandatory ICD-10 transition, including use of unspecified diagnosis codes, claim denials and rejections, and more. Click here for more details or to register.

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