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Important news about the Medicare carrier transition and a proposed ICD-10 delay
e-Reports, April 16, 2012
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CMS announces timeline for Medicare carrier transition
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an effective date of Aug. 20, 2012, for the Jurisdiction 8 changeover from the current carrier, National Government Services (NGS) to Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS).

Continue reading ISMA Reports for updates and for more details, see the WPS website and the Medicare Learning Network.

HHS responds to concerns, 
proposes ICD-10 one-year delay

HHS responds to concerns, proposes ICD-10 one-year delay
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced April 9 a proposal to delay the compliance date for ICD-10 until Oct. 1, 2014. The previous date was Oct. 1, 2013.

The compliance date change is part of a proposed rule that would adopt a standard for a unique health plan identifier, adopt a data element to serve as an “other entity” identifier, and add a National Provider Identifier requirement.

Some provider groups had expressed to HHS serious concerns about their ability to meet the 2013 compliance date. Their concerns were based, in part, on implementation issues they have experienced meeting the compliance deadline for Version 5010 standards for electronic health care transactions, which is necessary prior to implementation of ICD-10.

The proposed rule, CMS-0040-P, may be viewed here. The rule will appear in the April 17 Federal Register.

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