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CMS: Asks for ICD-10 Readiness Comments, adds Medical Groups to Home-Care Pilot

August 13, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on ICD-10 readiness, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. The ICD-10 readiness assessment will include 1,200 total respondents, and will look to understand the progress of the different sectors impacted by ICD-10 such as providers and payers.

In addition it will “determine what communication and educational efforts can best help affected entities obtain the tools and resources they need to achieve timely compliance with ICD-10.” The agency says this is only for educational purposes, not for making policy decisions.

Earlier this year, CMS proposed to delay the compliance date for the transition to the ICD-10 coding set by one year. The reason the CMS did so was because many providers said they were not ready to transition from the ICD-9 coding set to ICD-10. 

In other CMS news, the agency added three medical groups to its Independence at Home Demonstration pilot program, where several primary care practices will provide home-based primary care to targeted chronically ill beneficiaries for a three-year period. The three who joined are: Innovative Primary Senior Care(Skokie, Ill.), Treasure Coast Healthcare (Stuart, Fla.), and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System/Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Physicians (Richmond, Va.)




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