Archive for October, 2010

CMS announces partial code set freeze prior to ICD-10 implementation:

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

With all of the changes surrounding the changeover from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding, there is a bit of good news on the Medicare implementation front. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced  a partial freeze on coding updates for ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes prior to implementing ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2013. This is how Medicare will implement the freeze:

1.    The last regular annual update to both ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets will occur on Oct. 1, 2011

2.    On Limited updates to the ICD-9- CM and ICD- 10 code sets to capture new technology and new diseases will occur on Oct. 1, 2012

3.    No updates to ICD-9 -CM will occur on Oct. 1, 2013, as the system will no longer be a HIPAA standard

4.    Regular updates to ICD-10 will being on Oct. 1, 2014

The ICD-9 Coordination & Maintenance Committee will meet twice per year during this freeze. If there is a need to develop a new diagnosis or procedure code, in order to capture new technology or disease, the public will be allowed to comment and send requests during this time. If requests don’t meet specific criteria, they will be considered for implementation in ICD-10 on or after October 1, 2014.

For practices who are members of MGMA, and are interested in learning more about how to transition their practice to ICD-10 / Version 1510 HIPPA electronic transactions,  MGMA will offer a webinar on November 18, 2010. For more information about this upcoming training event please copy and paste the following link: