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Prepare Now: ICD-10-CM Compliance Still Mandated for October 1
Posted on: 2/21/2014

Despite organized medicine's best efforts to advocate for a delay, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving full steam ahead with its October 1 implementation deadline for ICD-10-CM. 

Physicians should take action now to assure readiness by the deadline. Transitioning to the new coding system will require significant training for coders, billers and medical staff. If you haven't yet, contact your software vendors to discuss what, if any, upgrades to your existing systems will be needed. 

Those practices that are not prepared to code and bill using ICD-10-CM on October 1 will likely experience cash flow problems due to denials of claims coded incorrectly or incompletely. There is no transition period; physician practices must be ready by October 1 or risk not being paid for services.

To date, CMS has not heeded calls for a delay and physician practices must prepare for the inevitable.

Resources to help you prepare

Ongoing physician advocacy

Last week, the AMA released new higher estimates of physicians' costs to implement ICD-10-CM and sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting that the mandated adoption of the new code set be reconsidered. ISMS and 81 other state and national medical societies previously urged CMS to stop the implementation of ICD-10-CM (addressing ISMS' Resolution 209, adopted at the 2012 AMA Interim Meeting).

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