Release of Content Based Testing Tool -November 20, 2014
DMS is pleased to announce the launch of the Content Based Testing (CBT) Tool for use by providers and their office staff. The tool will be available for use through January 23, 2015. We anticipate making the tool available again in April, 2015 following any modification and updates that may be required. You can access the CBT tool at: http://icd10cbt.com/moodle/
The CBT tools provides an opportunity for you to test your coding skills in both ICD-9 and ICD-10. The tool provides over 150 clinical scenarios that cover a wide range of practice specialties. The tool also includes a step-by-step tutorial to help you become familiar with its use and functionality. There is also a survey at the end of each clinical pathway which affords you the user an opportunity to provide feedback on the tool. We welcome your input and suggestions as we continue to work toward the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015.
ICD-10 National Provider Call -November 5, 2014
CMS held a National Provider Call on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The call focused on the preperation efforts of the industry for the transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. The presentation also addressed educational resources that have been made available from CMS. These resources are applicable to all providers, regardless of their specialty. If you were unable to attend the call, the link below will direct you to the slides.
CMS NEWS-Deadline set for October 1, 2015 -August 7, 2014
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(202) 690-6145 or email@example.com Deadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.
The ICD-10 codes on a claim are used to classify diagnoses and procedures on claims submitted to Medicare and private insurance payers. By enabling more detailed patient history coding, ICD-10 can help to better coordinate a patient’s care across providers and over time. ICD-10 improves quality measurement and reporting, facilitates the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, and leads to greater accuracy of reimbursement for medical services. The code set’s granularity will improve data capture and analytics of public health surveillance and reporting, national quality reporting, research and data analysis, and provide detailed data to enhance health care delivery. Health care providers and specialty groups in the United States provided extensive input into the development of ICD-10, which includes more detailed codes for the conditions they treat and reflects advances in medicine and medical technology.
“ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “For patients under the care of multiple providers, ICD-10 can help promote care coordination.”
Using ICD-10, doctors can capture much more information, meaning they can better understand important details about the patient’s health than with ICD-9-CM. Moreover, the level of detail that is provided for by ICD-10 means researchers and public health officials can better track diseases and health outcomes. ICD-10 reflects improved diagnosis of chronic illness and identifies underlying causes, complications of disease, and conditions that contribute to the complexity of a disease. Additionally, ICD-10 captures the severity and stage of diseases such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and asthma.
The previous revision, ICD-9-CM, contains outdated, obsolete terms that are inconsistent with current medical practice, new technology and preventive services.
ICD-10 represents a significant change that impacts the entire health care community. As such, much of the industry has already invested resources toward the implementation of ICD-10. CMS has implemented a comprehensive testing approach, including end-to-end testing in 2015, to help ensure providers are ready. While many providers, including physicians, hospitals, and health plans, have completed the necessary system changes to transition to ICD-10, the time offered by Congress and this rule ensure all providers are ready.
For additional information about ICD-10, please visit:
Road to I-10: Hints & Tips -June 11, 2014
Although the transition to ICD-10 has been pushed back until “no sooner than October 1 2015”; providers are encouraged to continue to evaluate their IT infrastructure, their office throughput and their documentation practices. CMS has recently launched a website that will assist provider in this endeavor. The “Road to 10” was developed with the small physician practice in mind. This link will provide information on the basics and benefits of ICD-10 as well as free webcasts related to documentation, specific to each specialty: http://www.roadto10.org/
Please let Arkansas Medicaid know how we can continue to assist you in your journey to ICD-10 compliance by sending us an email at: ICD10DMS@arkansas.gov
Basic ICD-10 Overview- Provider Education -April 3, 2014
This article describes the status of ICD-10, the impact of these changes as well as additional information.
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New From CMS -March 10, 2014
This article was published in Becker’s Hospital Review last week. It includes a link to an ICD-10 Impact Assessment Checklist published by the AMA. We hope you find this information helpful as you continue to prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014.
As the healthcare industry continues to move forward towards the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2014; CMS has dedicated a website specific to the needs of Physician Practices. The tools and references are available at no cost to the user. Please visit this website and take advantage of the latest information from CMS.
MLN Matters SE1409 ICD-10 Testing Coding Process and Examples
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Provider Links & Tip Sheet
We have created a tip sheet to assist provider offices in the continuing transition to ICD-10. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, but rather a starting point of leading industry resources. We hope you find this information helpful.
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Free ICD-10 Coding Webinars
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is hosting a series of 4 free webinars in 2014. The AHA is your source for quality coding education and they are providing these webinars free of cost. The first webinar; entitled:
ICD-10 for Rural and Critical Access Hospitals – A Roadmap for Successful Implementation will be held on March 12, 2014. Click on this link for additional information and registration:
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