CMS Defers PQRS Penalties for Two Years Due to Quality Measures Error
Jan10

CMS Defers PQRS Penalties for Two Years Due to Quality Measures Error

Due to the high volume of new ICD-10 procedure and diagnosis codes released on October 1, 2016, the CMS was unable to update all of the PQRS measures. As a result, CMS will not penalize eligible providers or group practices that fail “to satisfactorily report for CY [calendar year] 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of CY 2016.”

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Differentiating Fracture Coding with Osteoporosis Present
Jun08

Differentiating Fracture Coding with Osteoporosis Present

The codes for pathologic fractures with ­osteoporosis require a seventh character to indicate episode of care. Coding professionals will need additional details to capture the correct codes in ICD-10-CM.

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Code Freeze Ends with Release of New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes

Following the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surprised the industry today by also releasing updates to ICD-10-CM, effectively ending the five year ICD-10 code update freeze initiated to ease the healthcare industry into the new code set.

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The Value of ICD-10 at the Point of Care

By Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC, and Richard Loomis, MD, CPC: This article will discuss and provide examples of how ICD-10 benefits clinical medicine by providing clinicians with accurate information during physician-patient interactions, when it most needed.

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ICD-10-CM Will Improve the Tracking of Breast Cancer
Oct08

ICD-10-CM Will Improve the Tracking of Breast Cancer

Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for ICD-10-CM/PCS. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s column discusses the greater specificity of ICD-10-CM in tracking breast cancer.

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