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The ICD-10 release date: Here are important facts to know
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2015
The ICD-10 release date is approaching, and with it comes a lot of questions for healthcare organizations: What if the wrong ICD-10 codes are used? What if there are unexpected problems? What happens when a claim is rejected? Healthcare organizations and physicians may feel overwhelmed as they try to prepare for potential "what if" scenarios with the Oct. 1 transition. One place to turn for guidance is CMS' website, which provides an infographic on how to prepare for ICD-10 release date and a series of FAQs to better answer healthcare IT professionals' concerns. While not regulations, the FAQs offer a look at how CMS interprets the ICD-10 switchover. Here are some important points made in the FAQs: Ombudsman in place by Oct. 1 In the first FAQ released, CMS said it will be setting up a communication and collaboration center for monitoring the implementation of ICD-10. The center will include an ombudsman who will handle issues that physicians and providers may have. VIDEO: What is ICD-10? "This center will quickly identify and ...
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This issue of SearchHealthIT's Pulse e-zine looks at the upcoming ICD-10 deadline, with a focus on the final prep work before the Oct. 1 transition.
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