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.
If the 20-year long transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation—and learn from the hard-won lessons.
More than 5,500 new procedure and diagnosis codes will go into effect beginning in October 2016. What does this mean for HIM teams still feeling the effects of implementing the original 70,000-plus ICD-10 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.
More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating that the virus is expanding geographically. It’s important for coders to recognize the integral signs and symptoms of Zika.