Medicare Reminds Providers of End to ICD-10 Unspecified Codes Grace Period

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a clarifying document released Thursday, reminded providers that flexibilities surrounding unspecified codes will indeed end on October 1, 2016.

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End-to-End ICD-10 Testing Finds Payers and Providers Ready to Transition

The most recent round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing with Medicare revealed encouraging results, including improved acceptance rates over and above results from January’s testing period, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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CMS to Address Meaningful Use Worries Through Rulemaking

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that in response to stakeholder concerns about its electronic health record incentive program, they are considering proposals to ease provider burdens.

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New Changes De-Spookify Modifier -59

The proper application of modifier -59 (Distinct Procedural Service) has mystified many a coder. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently indicated that modifier -59 is the most commonly used and abused of all the modifiers—mainly due to the fact that it is used to bypass edits.

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CMS Announces Results of Week of ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that its week of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing this past March was a success. During this test week, testers submitted more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes to the Medicare fee-for-service claims systems and received electronic acknowledgements confirming that their claims were accepted.

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