HHS confirms Oct. 15, 2015 as ICD-10 as Implementation Date

On April 1, 2014 President Obama signed HR 4302 into law. Section 212 of this legislation brought about the current delay of the implementation of ICD-10 until at least Oct. 1, 2015. 

On July 31, 2014 HHS issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2105 as the new compliance date. According to the July 31, 2014, CMS release, "..the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health 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 October 1, 2015."

CMS announces its testing opportunities for 2015

According to revised, July 31, 2014, edition of CMS' MLN Matters provides the revised dates and details regarding there "four-pronged approach". The four-pronged testing approach includes 1)CMS internal testing, 2)CMS Beta testing of downloadable tools, 3) acknowlegement testing and 4) end-to-end testing.

Acknowlegement testing: Providers, clearinghouses and others are welcome to submit acknowlegment test claims now up to October 1, 2015.  Additionally, each MAC will highlight acknowledgement testing by providing 3 separate but dedicated weeks in which real-time help desk support will be provided during those weeks.  The acknowledgement testing weeks will occur in: November 2014, March 2015, and June 2015. Refer to Noridian's website for more information about this testing.Remember, acknowlegement test claims will not be adjudicated but rather an 277A acknowlegment will be returned to you confirming that the test claim was accepted or rejected. 

End-to-end testing: The July 31, 2014 revised edition of CMS' MLN Matters also indicates that 3 separate end-to-end testing opportunities will occur prior to the October 1, 2015 implementation date. CMS will provide additional details about the end-to-end testing at a later date.  

Make sure you keep the momentum going! 

The postponed ICD-10 implementation date gives everyone within the health care industry an opportunity to optimize their ICD-10 implementation plan.  We now have the opportunity to focus more on things like improving clinical documentation, training of coders, increased ICD-10 coding optimization within our EHR's, as well as testing with payers. 

Creating an ICD-10 implementation plan and communicating with more of your vendors are crucial to a successful ICD-10 transition. CMS has created a road map on how to prepare for small, medium and/or large practice transitions, as well as a comprehensive list of questions to ask vendors.  

CMS' Road to 10 Resources for Small Physician Practices

This website contains a plethora of resources as well as interactive tools that will create personal action plans for your practice. Explore all this website has to offer. Learn more.

In addition to the resources and interactive tools, Road to 10 offers a template library that contains Assessment and Question lists for diagnosis inventory and your vendors (e.g. technology, billing service, clearinghouse, and payer). Learn more.

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ICD-10 Training

The transition to ICD-10 will involve all aspects of the medical practice and as such will require training for coding and billing staff as well physicians and other clinical staff and office staff.

The OMA has developed a comprehensive educational program that will provide targeted trainings at various stages of the ICD-10 implementation timeline, as well as newsletters, case studies and an ICD-10 hotline.

Learn more and register for live and on-demand ICD-10 workshops and webinars here.

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OMA Resources

OMA's ICD-10 E-mail Hotline will be postponed to closer align with the new implemenation date...check back here for updates!

The OMA's ICD-10 E-mail Hotline has been temporarily closed. Prior to the new implementation date, the E-mail Hotline will re-open closer to the new implementation deadline; more information will be posted as it becomes available. In the meantime, be sure to call the OMA with your questions.  Continue to check our ICD-10 webpage for the latest ICD-10 implementation news. 

OMA Member Benefits

Ready10 tools offer fast, easy, and affordable tools that will help your practice ensure a successful transition to ICD-10:

  • The web-based Ready10™ Translator converts ICD-9 codes to more specific ICD-10 codes in seconds. This proprietary crosswalk tool is accessible from any computer and features multiple code lookups, bi-directional conversion, print capabilities, and the ability to save favorites and create flash cards to serve as documentation training tools for your entire staff.
  • The Ready10™ Basic delivers everything you need to prepare and manage your practice through the transition – all in one place. It’s a user-friendly, comprehensive step-by-step road map for the ICD-10 transition that works as a web-based “virtual consultant” and includes all the tools needed for a smooth transition.
  • The Ready10™ Pro includes everything from the Ready10 Basic package plus five hours of personalized, expert consulting, plus review of 50 charts to see how your current documentation practices stack up to ICD-10’s increased specificity. With the help of Ready10 Pro, your entire practice will be fully engaged and ready for the transition.

Learn more and order these valuable resources today at www.cpticdpros.com/OMA.

ICD-10 coding books from the AMA can help with your implementation and planning. Publications include:

  • 2015 ICD-10-CM Codebook
  • 2015 ICD-10-CM Mappings
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10-CM/PCS 2015

OMA members receive a discounted rate. Order online at www.theOMA.org/store or contact Juia Kiggins at (503) 619-8000 or julia@theOMA.org for more information.

Managing Your Transition to ICD-10 Newsletter

This periodic OMA newsletter provides ICD-10 information including fact sheets, coding case studies, GEMS updates, preparation tips and hands-on exercises to assist in your practice's preparation.

Medicine In Oregon Magazine (ICD-10 articles)

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Additional Resources

  • DMAP GEMS in Oregon Data
  • According to DMAP’s website, they expect to begin testing in early 2014.  Further, DMAP does not plan to support ICD-9 codes for dates of service after the ICD-10 compliance date, and they plan to closely follow communications from CMS on this.  For details, visit www.oregon.gov/oha/healthplan/Pages/providers.aspx and type "ICD-10" in the Search box. 
  • Log-in to the provider portal to access ICD-10 information within the website.

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