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August 2015
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  • Like it or Not – and We Don’t – ICD-10 is Coming October 1

    FREE ICD-10 on-demand course

    With the ICD-10 implementation deadline now less than two months away, access ISMS’ top-notch resources to help you tackle this massive undertaking:

    • Hot off the press is our latest Issue Brief, ICD-10 Survival: Five Tips to Weather the Transition. Learn what steps you can still take to manage the transition and minimize the negative impact to your cash flow and revenue. Log on and access this resource today! (For members only.)

    • Don’t miss our special offer for the on-demand course, ICD-10: Readying Your Physicians and Practices for the Change, available 24/7. For a limited time only, ISMS is waiving the fee for this program for members – a savings of $149! Learn about the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, how physicians and their staffs need to prepare, the ins and outs of performing an office gap analysis, and more. CME available.

    Remember: Use of ICD-9 for services provide on or after October 1 will result in claim denials and no payments.

    Earlier this year, ISMS joined nearly 100 other state and national medical organizations in a communique to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining numerous concerns regarding the transition to ICD-10. In the spring, the ISMS House of Delegates passed a resolution opposing the implementation of the new code set. At the summertime AMA annual meeting, physicians called on CMS to institute a two-year grace period that would alleviate practice disruptions for the transition. 

    While ISMS and many physicians across the country remain strongly opposed to ICD-10 implementation, CMS continues to move forward with the new code set – while also demonstrating some responsiveness to physician concerns when agreeing to the AMA-supported one-year grace period.  

    ICD-10: CMS and AMA Announce a One-Year Grace Period

    This grace period means penalties will not be imposed for use of the wrong ICD-10 code, so long as the code stems from the correct “ICD-10 family.”

    In the end, ISMS’ advocacy helped contribute to physicians having more support for the “learning curve” during the transition to the new code set.  

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email

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