UPDATE: Latest ICD-10 News

It’s the final countdown.

There is less than one month until the October 1, 2015 deadline to switch claims processing to ICD-10 coding.

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To prepare your practice, make sure you stay on top of the ICD-10 news.

Here’s the latest ICD-10 news:

1. CMS’s ICD-10 Test Claims Successes

After a third successful test week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is ready to accept and process the ICD-10 claims.

The acceptance rate in July was similar to the test weeks in January and April, but with an increase in the number of testers and test claims. The July numbers show an 87% acceptance rate.

No new ICD-10 issues were identified.

2. CMS names an ICD-10 Ombudsman

Emergency room physician William Rogers has been chose to be the ICD-10 ombudsman.

Dr. Rogers is currently the director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at CMS.

As the ombudsman, Dr. Rogers will help address concerns from healthcare professionals after the conversion on October 1. He will work out of an ICD-10 coordination center in Baltimore.

3. Not All States are Switching Workers’ Compensation Claims on October 1

In fact, only 21 states are switching to ICD-10 for workers’ compensation claims on October 1.

The regulations require ICD-10 conversion for Medicare and Medicaid covered entities, but the rules don’t apply to state workers’ compensation programs.

We help our clients stay informed regarding the ICD-10 transition and help their practices prepare for the switch.

Now is the time to make your last minute preparations because starting on October 1, CMS will not accept ICD-9 codes for dates of service after September 30.

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