CMS Offers Additional Guidance on Year 1 of ICD-10 Implementation

As AOA previously reported, earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released additional guidance on the transition to ICD-10.  CMS indicated that while the October 1, 2015 implementation date would remain unchanged,  CMS would provide some leeway in diagnosis reporting to allow physicians an opportunity to gain experience with the greater specificity of ICD-10 amid the first year of implementation.  This week, CMS released additional clarifying information regarding year 1 of ICD-10.  This new information addresses important questions such as "What is a valid ICD-10 code? " and "What is meant by a family of codes?" Review the CMS additional clarifying guidance here to learn more about CMS allowances for the first year of ICD-10.  To prepare for ICD-10 be sure to review AOA's Ask the Coding Experts ICD-10 webinar series and order AOA's ICD-10 manual from the marketplace.