Massachusetts Medical Society: Last Minute Resources for the ICD-10 Deadline

Last Minute Resources for the ICD-10 Deadline

Recent News

  • CMS announced on Sept. 25 that the ICD-10 Coordination Center and claims processing will continue to operate even if there is a government shutdown due to the federal budget.
  • The AMA has developed ICD-10 complaint form that will be available on the AMA ICD-10 web page on Oct. 1 to report problems with Medicare claims. Forms will be forwarded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The AMA will not provide individual responses to each complaint.
  • The CMS has released an updated FAQ (.pdf, 8 pages) about its processes, including information about prior authorizations, Medicare Advantage plans, application to other provider types, Medicare advanced payments, cross-over claims, and audits.
  • Tips from the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (.pdf, 1 page)
  • Are you a physician needing last-minute help with ICD-10?  Call the MMS Physician Practice Resource Center at (781) 434-7702. 

MMS Webinar: Last Push for ICD-10

View a recording of a Sept. 2015 webinar in which covers methods for optimizing a practice's operational preparedness for ICD-10, handling post-implementation challenges, and more.

The Transition to ICD-10: Key Considerations for Physician Practices

MMS white paper that discusses education and training; process analysis of health plan contracts and coverage determinations; changes to encounter forms or superbills; IT system changes; increased documentation costs and cash flow disruption.
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Recent Vital Signs Articles

  • Prepare Yourself by Focusing on Clinical Documentation
    The transition to the expanded code set will require physicians to capture new information in clinical documentation that reflects the associations between conditions since the ICD-10 code set contains in- creased specificity.
  • Education and Training
    The PPRC recommends in-depth training of coders and other practice staff should begin three to six months in advance of implementation.
  • Adjusting Encounter Forms and Superbills
    The PPRC often gets questions from practices about how to adjust their processes, and adjusting encounter forms and superbills.
  • IT System Considerations
    Knowing which IT systems will require upgrades or enhanced capability in order to efficiently function in the ICD-10 world is extremely important.

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