As with many in the healthcare field, PhysAssist has been preparing for the implementation of the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases. The United States has used ICD-9 since 1979, and the newest version, ICD-10, is set to roll out on October 1, 2015. A key concept to this update is increased specificity in both documentation and diagnosis codes. ICD-9 has approximately 13,000 codes whereas ICD-10 has approximately 68,000.
After the implementation of ICD-10 was delayed another year through the enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue an interim final rule in the near future regarding the use of ICD-10.
Meaningful Use, PQRS reporting, and Core Measures: each one of these causes an increased documentation burden upon healthcare providers, as each program brings its own set of documentation requirements. Now, add to the mix ICD-10 compliance. With a looming compliance deadline of October 1, 2014, how are physicians going to shoulder this additional documentation burden? Scribes might be the answer.
Today, CMS has released the final rule for Stage 2 of the federal EHR incentive program known as "Meaningful Use." As a companion rule, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has also released its final rule on certification criteria, standards, and implementation specifications for certified EHR technology. You can find each of the rules below:
As you may know, Medicare claims submitted to CMS for reimbursement are processed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (or MACs). MACs are private companies with whom CMS has contracted to administer all Medicare Part A and B claims within certain jurisdictions. (Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital services, among others; Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient care, and other medically necessary services).