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I have been working with ICD-10-CM for about two years, creating educational resources and tools. With each ICD-10-CM draft update and with each new educational resource or tool I work on, I learn something new. Most recently I have been reviewing ICD-10-CM Chapter 2: Neoplasms (C00-D49). Last month I provided…
As healthcare payers and providers prepare for ICD-10, a key area of focus involves navigating the switch from ICD-9 diagnosis and procedure codes to the new code set. Converting from one code set to the other is challenging because the sets are so dramatically different. There are few cases in…
On April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its proposed switch of the ICD-10 implementation date from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014. This delay was premised on three listed considerations: the challenges experienced in the transition to Version 5010, concerns about impact on provider…
If you’re a healthcare professional not living under the proverbial rock, you most likely already are aware that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided some guidance on the much-anticipated revised ICD-10 implementation date. After creating substantial unrest and speculation in February (when HHS announced that…
I had plenty of advance notice to get this article done by my deadline. But I had to catch up on calls I promised to make from the AAPC conference last week. Plus, I had all my normal day-to-day duties to attend to and also had to deal with some…
On Monday, April 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed rule CMS-0040-P, in which it proposed a one-year delay for implementing ICD-10-CM/PCS. This proposal would extend the ICD-10 compliance date to Oct. 1, 2014 and also mandates a 30-day public-comment period prior to issuance of…
This is the third in a series of articles related to the key changes in the 2012 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. I’ll be picking up below where I left off last month, which is with a summary of chapter-specific coding guidelines.
As baseball spring training is already underway, it seems appropriate to quote a New York Yankees Hall of Famer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Yogi Berra once said “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yogi might be known as…