As the Oct. 1 compliance deadline nears, a question on the minds of many industry observers is whether Medicare billing systems will in fact be able to successfully process ICD-10 claims starting next month.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says yes, but some critics are still skeptical. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt says Medicare systems have been completely converted from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and are fully ready to process claims using the new codes come Oct. 1.

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