Corporate Compliance

Why is CMS expanding its code processing?

Medicare Insider, July 6, 2010

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Editor’s note: Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

This week CMS published Frequently Asked Question #10060, regarding why institutional claims will be expanding the number of ICD-9 diagnosis and procedure codes. Unfortunately, they really only addressed the effective date and the total number of codes we are moving towards, but did little to answer the question of "why."   Although this seems to be old news, One Time Notification Transmittal 648, published on March 5, that announced this change seemed to fly under the radar for some providers. Let’s take a look at its significance related to claims processing.

Continue reading Debbie's note on the MedicareMentor Blog.



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