The AAPC is currently offering pretty significant savings on their ICD-10 training and materials, but the promotion ends tomorrow! If you are looking for role-specific ICD-10 training for your staff, the AAPC offers several options to meet your needs, including online courses and CEU credits.
Simplifying the Search
As consummate professionals living in the Information Age, most would probably agree it is better to have "too much" than "not enough" when it comes to learning materials. However, navigating through all of the ICD-10 resources on the internet, let alone on the CMS website, can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know exactly what you're looking for or where to start.
To simplify the search for information, CMS created a one-page ICD-10 resources document and broke it down into six categories:
- ICD-10 Basics
- Communicating About ICD-10
- Road to 10
- ICD-10 Email Update Messages
- Medscape Education Modules
- Stay up-to-date on ICD-10
What is ICD-TEN?
The most recent ICD-10 related congressional bill, H.R. 2247 or ICD-TEN (the Increasing Clarity for Doctors by Transitioning Effectively Now Act), aims to "implement, administer, and enforce regulations that provide for the replacement of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) ICD-9 with ICD-10 as a standard for code sets." In other words, the goal of the bill is to establish a testing phase beginning on the transition date of October 1, 2015, in order to assess whether the Medicare fee-for-service claims processing system is fully functioning.
The testing process would be made available to all Medicare fee-for-service providers and would measure whether or not the claims processing system is actually processing and approving as many claims as it did last year using ICD-9. The testing results would provide a benchmark by which additional steps to ensure full functionality would be identified.
Unlike H.R. 2126, ICD-TEN is not an attempt to enact further delays and would still require use of ICD-10-CM/PCS beginning October 1, 2015.
Put Your ICD-10 Skills to the Test!
While Napoleon's skill set may not be applicable for your job function in the medical practice setting, his dedication to honing those skills for a specific purpose is certainly admirable. Preparing for any great feat is best achieved when you are able to determine what skills you've mastered, and what areas still need work.
We hope you were able to join us for our webinar, "EPCS - What You Need To Know." If not, check out the slide deck to see what you missed!
A 0% Chance of ICD-10 Delays
As of today, the most recent effort to delay ICD-10 is still showing a 0% chance of being enacted. Formally known as H.R. 2126: Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, the bill aims to "prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 in implementing the HIPAA code set standards."
With only a 1% chance of even making it past the committee stage, it would behoove medical practices that have been holding out in hopes of another delay, to start preparing for the transition immediately and with a sense of urgency. Check out our infographic, "Are You Ready for ICD-10?", to see a few questions to help assess your readiness.
Click on the image for more information about the status of bill H.R. 2126 from GovTrack.us.
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