The transition to ICD-10 is scheduled for October 1st, 2015 - four weeks from now!  Please read the following updates to help make sure your practice is prepared for the transition.

How the New "Grace Period" Impacts the Transition
Most importantly, the recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a one year "grace period" does NOT delay ICD-10 implementation. ICD-10 implementation is still set for October 1st, and ICD-10 diagnosis codes must be used for dates of service on and after October 1st; ICD-9 codes will be rejected.

The new "grace period" does provide some flexibility that will help physicians avoid some penalties related to the misuse of ICD-10 codes:

  • Medicare will not deny claims based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code as long as a "valid ICD-10 code from the correct family of codes" is used. You are strongly encouraged to read the CMS ICD-10 Flexibilities FAQ Document that provides more information about what will be acceptable during the "grace period."
  • Physicians will not be subject to ICD-10 coding audits during this “grace period.”
  • Physicians will not be penalized under various CMS quality reporting programs (PQRS / MU) for errors related to the additional specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code, as long as a "valid ICD-10 code from the correct family of codes" is used.

New CMS Infographic Highlights Steps to Transition to ICD-10
CMS has posted a new ICD-10 infographic that provides an outline of steps that physicians and providers should be taking to prepare for the transition.  It also includes links to free online training materials from CMS.

Additional "Boot Camp" Trainings Scheduled for September
ACCMA has scheduled two additional in-person “boot camp” sessions that will be offered Friday, September 11th at the ACCMA Offices in Oakland. These sessions are free for practices participating in the ACCMA's ICD-10 Training Program. For non-participating practices, the cost is $399/person.

  • Morning Session: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

To register, email accma@accma.org or call 510-654-5383.

New Documentation Training Webinars Available
There are now several ACCMA ICD-10 webinars available covering “Documentation for Physicians and Clinicians.” There is a session recommended for all specialties, and some specialty-specific addenda for Family Medicine, Pediatrics, IM, Ob/Gyn, Cardiology, and Orthopedics. These webinars are available in the ACCMA ICD-10 Online Portal. For assistance accessing the portal, email accma@accma.org or call 510-654-5383.

New Lists of Common Codes by Specialty Available
There are now several lists of common codes by specialty available for Family Medicine, Pediatrics, IM, Ob/Gyn, Cardiology, and Orthopedics in the ACCMA ICD-10 Online Portal. We have also converted the CMS general equivalency mappings (GEMs) into Excel and posted them in the portal. For assistance accessing the portal, email accma@accma.org or call 510-654-5383.

Have ICD-10 Questions? Save the Date for Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Webinars
Mark your calendar for the next ICD-10 "Ask the Expert" webinars and submit your ICD-10 coding questions in advance to accma@accma.org. These sessions give you an opportunity to get your very specific coding questions answered. No registration is required; participants in the ACCMA ICD-10 Training Program will be emailed login instructions in advance of the webinar:

  • September 10th at 12:30 pm
  • September 24th 12:30 pm

New Video on How to Access ACCMA's ICD-10 Online Training Program
If you have not yet accessed the ACCMA ICD-10 Online Portal, or would like to more about what informational resources and tools can be found in the online portal, check out this short instructional video.

For questions, contact the ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or at accma@accma.org.