The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the AMA announced July 6 a commitment to work through the transition to ICD-10-CM with education, communication and, most importantly, “added flexibility” in the CMS claims audit and quality reporting process.
Make no mistake: The deadline for implementation of ICD-10 remains Oct. 1. The Medicare claims processing systems will be unable to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of service after Sept. 30, 2015, and also will not accept claims with both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. However, AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, noted, “The actions CMS is initiating today can help to mitigate potential problems.”
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CMS releases proposed rules for 2016 fee schedule
The July 15 Federal Register contains the proposed rules for the physician fee schedule for 2016. Proposed changes include modifying language from the “incident to” regulation.
Find the rules on the Federal Register website.
CMS will accept your comments on the proposed rules until Sept. 8; the final rule will be issued by Nov. 1.