Stay Focused on ICD-10, Says CMS

Thu, Mar 24, 2011 --


Deferring your ICD-10 learning for a later date? Well, CMS thinks otherwise and wants you to take preparation seriously.

While some practices have tucked ICD-10 preparedness into the back of their minds, CMS wants to keep it on the forefront of yours.

Even though the ICD-10 utilization deadline isn’t over until October 1, 2013, the agency continues to remind practices that preparation now will prevent desperation in 2013. In this direction, CMS has come up with a free service that allows you to get an email notification whenever the information on its ICD-10 page is updated. As such, when the agency announces an ICD-10 webinar, transcript, article, or tip sheet, you will instantaneously get a notification through e-mail to check the site for more information.

Some time back, the site posted an executive summary of its ICD-10 vendor conference, where vendors told CMS that they have implementation plans in place for both Version 5010 and ICD-10, and are certain that they can meet the implementation deadlines. But vendors did express concern that there’s no testing period for ICD-10 before the October 1, 2013 implementation deadline.

In that direction, vendors were keen on hearing about what the payers are doing to gear up for ICD-10 as any snags on the part of the MAC could slow payments to practices.

To add to it, vendors noted that medical providers, more precisely those in small to mid-sized practices – are not focusing on ICD-10 as yet; however the vendors are of the opinion that providers should gear up for the transition because if you don’t comply, you’ll not be amongst the money.


Barnali is a medical coding and billing writer at TCI who has worked in the healthcare industry since 2009. She holds a master’s degree in English literature and a diploma in advertising and marketing. She enjoys writing about ICD-10 and Medicare compliance.

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