For the Week of May 25, 2015
Will there be any transition period when the healthcare industry switches from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 system or is it just ICD-9 on September 30 and switch to ICD-10 on October 1?
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) recently introduced a bill (HR 2247) in Congress that would require an 18-month transition period for the purposes of testing the submittal of ICD-10 claims. The bill, entitled “Increasing Clarity for Doctors by Transitioning Effectively Now Act (ICD-TEN Act),” would, among other things, require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to accept dual coding (claims coded in either ICD-9 or ICD-10). The bill would prohibit CMS from denying reimbursement claims using “an unspecified or inaccurate sub-code." Finally, the bill would require HHS to conduct what the bill describes as “comprehensive end-to-end testing,” which would require that the agency make such testing available to all HIPAA-covered entities.
More information on the above can be found in the May 15 edition of ICD-10 Monitor at http://www.icd10monitor.com/enews/item/1426-icd-10-transition-testing-proposed?utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=75252634.
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