With ICD-10 just two months away, the question I’m asking providers is this: When was the last time you watched the 1999 American comedy Office Space? Not just because we could all use a little more levity in our lives — though that’s certainly reason enough. Rather, it’s because Office…
With the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of a “grace period” related to ICD-10 coding specificity for Part B physician claims, there is a spotlight on unspecified ICD-10 codes. But how much will health information management (HIM) leaders need to worry about unspecified codes? According to…
DEVELOPING STORY The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued new guidance late Monday in an effort to clarify the agency’s joint statement issued on July 6 regarding an agreement reached with the American Medical Association.
A recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) was certainly a welcome surprise to most of us. There were actually three items involved: the announcement, the additional guidance document, and a letter to Medicare providers.  Everyone I’ve talked to has…
Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, in cooperation with the American Medical Association, an agreement not to audit and penalize practices for incorrect ICD-10 coding as long as a valid code in the correct category is reported for one year after ICD-10 goes live on…
It looks like ICD-10 will indeed keep on trucking, with the American Medical Association (AMA) now on board and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently having made an announcement regarding a transition period. Not only was this important to reassure folks that there would be no turning back…
A joint announcement issued on July 6, 2015, by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tackled a number of ICD-10 issues in an effort in ease the burden for physician practices transitioning to ICD-10. While this effort addressed several important issues, at…
Project managers (PMs) understand that the key elements of the ICD-10 project—making a plan, training your clinical staff, updating internal processes, communicating with vendors and payers, testing internal systems, and testing externally are all table stakes: Doing well in these areas is no guarantee of success, regardless of the facility…
When something needs fine-tuning, it’s either near the end of preparation (“Hey, let’s fine-tune the presentation before tomorrow’s meeting”) or in pretty good shape overall (“Fortunately, that squeak is no big deal; your car just needs fine-tuning”). For most providers, both scenarios are likely an accurate reflection of their ICD-10…
“Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.” No sooner had custodians cleaned up the remaining debris from the three-night “Fare Thee Well” concert by the Grateful Dead at Chicago’s Soldier Field last week than the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last Monday…