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No Change in ICD-10 Compliance Date—but Help Available for All, says CMS Official

Original story posted on: October 7, 2013

Help with ICD-10 implementation is just a click away, according to Matthew Albright, acting director of the Administrative Simplification Group in the Office of E-Health Standards and Services for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Albright joined the Oct. 1 broadcast of “Talk-Ten-Tuesday” to touch base with listeners about the transition process and to remind them, or perhaps assure them, about the Oct. 1, 2014 ICD-10 implementation date.


“The compliance deadline is one year away. There is no change in the compliance date. Absolutely no change-no change,” Albright emphasized. “That’s the main message here.”

Once he got that message across loud and clear, he moved on to urge providers and other covered entities to check the CMS website (www.cms.gov/ICD10) and take advantage of the free technical assistance, training implementation tools, and other educational resources available.

Available now are two new free Medscape Education video lectures for small practices that are making the transition. Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) credits are available to physicians and nurses who complete the learning modules, but anyone can take them and receive a certificate of completion. At the link above, look for the following new modules:

  • ICD-10: A Roadmap for Small Clinical Practices
  • ICD-10: Small Practice Guide to a Smooth Transition.

Previously issued Medscape Education modules include the following: ICD-10: A Guide for Small and Medium Practices, ICD-10: A Guide for Large Practices, and Transition to ICD-10: Getting Started.

When asked what advice he would offer to providers who are still struggling to get started, Albright offered the following tips for small practices:

  • Familiarize yourself with I-10 codes.
  • Follow the flow of the ICD-9 codes in your office process and make a list of those most commonly used. Compile a list of comparable ICD-10 codes.
  • Review CMS’s crosswalk of general equivalency mappings (GEMs), which is available at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2013-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html
  • Get a supply of the new version 5010 paper claims if you use paper claims because you’ll need them to submit ICD-10 codes. Note that clearinghouses will not convert the 4010 to 5010.
  • Check with your electronic system vendor to confirm that it includes the 5010 version and to find out when your system will be ready for testing.

All in all, Albright could not have been clearer about his message: Use all available resources, including those on the CMS website, to get ready now for the ICD-10 implementation—which is now less than one year away.


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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.

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