CMS to Host National ICD-10 Provider Call

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on November 5 will host a 90-minute National Provider Call to discuss upcoming ICD-10 implementation issues.

The agenda includes information on the final rule setting an Oct. 1, 2015 compliance date, Medicare fee-for-service testing, the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Grouper conversion project, a partial code freeze and annual code updates, plans for National Coverage Determinations and Local Coverage Determinations, home health conversions, and claims that span the implementation date, according to CMS.

The call, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, is open to all clinicians and supporting staff, vendors, educators and laboratories. Registration is available here.

Last month, CMS announced a final rule establishing October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 compliance date and the continued use of ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015. The agency has also announced three separate weeks of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing to allow providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with the new codes.

The three weeks of testing are: November 17-21, 2014; March 2-6, 2015; and June 1-5, 2015. While ICD-10 acknowledgement test claims can be submitted anytime up to the new planned October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date, CMS is hoping that specifically designating these three weeks will “generate awareness and interest” and “instill confidence” in the provider community that CMS and Medicare Administrative Contractors are ready and prepared for the ICD-10 implementation.

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