Under pressure from the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made several important policy changes to ease physicians’ transitions to the ICD-10 code set, including advanced payments under certain conditions.

The ICD-10 compliance date remains October 1, but for the first year of the code set Medicare will not deny claims solely based on the specificity of diagnosis codes as long as they are in the appropriate diagnostic family of codes. This means physicians won’t be financially penalized because of a coding error.

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