February 24, 2011

Guidance from CMS Expected to Ease Transition

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Guidance expected to help smooth the pending Oct. 1, 2013 transition to the use of ICD-10 codes now is available to healthcare providers nationwide, the Centers  for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced.

The 2011 versions of the ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (inpatient hospital procedure) crosswalks, formally referred to as the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), have been posted to the ICD-10 CMS web page at http://www.cms.gov/ICD10. See the links on this page for 2011 GEMs for both code sets.

ICD-10, otherwise known as the more verbose International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems’ 10th revision, is the coding system that  was launched in 1992 and today is used by more than 100 nations worldwide. Go online to http://apps.who.int/ classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/ to review the World Health Organization’s online browser detailing its inner workings.

The recent CMS postings reportedly complete the requirements of Section 10109(c) of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), which required the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, to task the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Committee to convene a meeting before Jan. 1. The  meeting’s purpose was to receive stakeholder input regarding the crosswalks between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 for the purpose of making appropriate revisions,  according to CMS. Section 10109(c) further required that the revisions be posted to the CMS website to be treated as a code set for which the secretary has adopted a standard.

CMS also has posted a document, ICD-10 GEMs 2011 Version Update, Update Summary. The document describes the number of comments received, the types of changes recommended, the types of changes made based on the recommendations and the types of suggestions that were denied, plus reasons for some of the denials.

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Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for ICDmonitor.com who has been writing on numerous topics facing the nation’s healthcare system (and federal oversight of it) for five years.