The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct an ICD-10 end-to-end-testing the week of March 3-7, 2014. To participate, dermatology practices must register with their local Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) using the MAC registration sites.
Learn how to register with your local MAC here.
A: ICD-10-CM is not just an update of ICD-9-CM codes. It is a restructuring of the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9-CM codes to more than 22,000+ codes in ICD-10-CM.
A: The compliance deadline for ICD-10-CM is Oct. 1, 2014. All Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-covered entities with transactions that have dates of service on or after Oct. 1, 2014 must be submitted using ICD-10-CM.
A: ICD-10-CM compliance means that all HIPAA-covered entities must implement ICD-10-CM for use in standard electronic transactions (including but not limited to claims) for health care services provided on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
A: Everyone covered by HIPAA must use ICD-10-CM starting Oct. 1, 2014. This includes health care providers and payers who do not deal with Medicare claims. Organizations that are not covered by HIPAA, but use ICD-9-CM codes should be aware that their coding may become obsolete if they do not transition to ICD-10-CM.
A: If you don’t transition to ICD-10-CM, all your claims for all health care services performed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, will not be processed, therefore risking claim denials.NOTE: Claims for services provided before Oct. 1, 2014, must use ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes.
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