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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TMA Working Multiple Fronts on ICD-10

As the Oct. 1 deadline for transitioning to the ICD-10 coding system draws closer, TMA is working with other state medical societies to stop or delay the change or soften its blow. We continue to support HR 2126, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Houston), to stop the implementation of ICD-10 outright. Last week, we joined with the California, Florida, and New York state medical associations in a letter asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt a two-year, penalty-free, ICD-10 grace period. Writing on behalf of more than 120,000 physicians and medical students, we asked for:
  • A two-year period during which physicians will not be penalized for errors, mistakes, and/or malfunctions of the system;
  • A two-year period in which physicians will not be subject to special Medicare-payment audits due to ICD-10 coding mistakes;
  • A two-year period during which physician payments will not be reduced or withheld based on ICD-10 coding mistakes; and
  • Advance payments in the event that claims are delayed.
We are working with those same states and the larger Coalition of State Medical Societies on several other bills in Congress that would force CMS to mitigate the ICD-10 impact on physicians. We’re also putting the finishing touches on our August and September ICD-10 workshops for physicians and staff, and we offer several outstanding ICD-10 planning webinars, podcasts, and publications in the TMA Education Center.

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