April 2, 2013

CMS: Get Ready, Get Charged Up on ICD-10

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“People are aware of the October 1, 2014, implementation date, and now they want to know the how-to part,” says Denesecia Green, Senior Health Insurance Specialist for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Enterprise Management—a special guest on ICD10 Monitor’s March 26 broadcast of Talk Ten Tuesday.

Green confirms what most of us know, and that is that it is time to “get ready” but also time to “get folks together to get them charged up, work with CMS, and be part of the ICD-10 family.”

 

With only 18 months left until the go-live date, CMS is well into the “how-to part.” As Green said, “We’re about 65 percent complete overall, and 72 percent complete with our systems’ readiness.”

Develop and Implement a Plan

To achieve this impressive progress, CMS adopted a comprehensive I-10 implementation strategy that goes across the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as the physician groups. It is a;sp working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that all of its operating divisions are moving toward compliance.

To help providers and others in the healthcare industry through the transition, the agency is offering a wide array of tools, including implementation guides, timelines, and checklists. Green urges providers to use CMS resources as they go through the transition to ICD-10, which are available at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/ProviderResources.html.

In general, CMS staff members are advising providers to pull in critical people who need to help with planning; evaluating and upgrading systems; have major conversations with vendors and find out whether they’re offering pre-training and available to assist in post-training; and conduct internal testing.

CMS will continue to work with provider groups to develop resources that they can use to get ready for the ICD-10 implementation. Green says this includes providing technical assistance and training, determining the needs of outside groups, and receiving feedback from the provider community about the tools that will be effective.

Help Available for Physicians

Previous guests on Talk Ten Tuesday have emphasized that many people in the industry are concerned that physicians won’t be ready when the deadline rolls around. To address that concern, CMS offers free training, through Medscape Education, which includes two ICD-10 video lectures and an “expert article” providing practical guidance for the ICD-10 transition. Green notes that 16,000 physicians each quarter have taken this training.

The video lectures are specifically for physicians, while the article covers more general topics for all healthcare providers. Continuing medical education (CME) credits are available to physicians who complete the modules, and anyone who completes them can receive a certificate of completion.

A testimony to the value of CMS’s online tools came from Talk Ten Tuesday guest Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS who said, “The updates and tools from CMS are wonderful. They have made available lots of practical, easy-to-follow information,” and this information must be pushed out to everyone who needs it. She advises that everyone should “send CMS links and documents and get them out there to the physicians so they know they’re not alone.”

In fact, in response to the Ten Ready Poll question, and 74 percent of the listeners said they want to reach out and assist physicians. Bryant emphasized that physicians should know, “We’re there to help. People want to help.”

 

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Janis Oppelt

Janis keeps the wheel of words rolling for Panacea®'s publishing division. Her roles include researching, writing, and editing newsletters, special reports, and articles for RACMonitor.com and ICD10Monitor.com; coordinating the compliance question of the week; and contributing to the annual book-update process. She has 20 years of experience in topics related to Medicare regulations and compliance.