Although the grace period for ICD-10 eases a giant
burden, it still doesn’t delay the Oct. 1 implementation.
The grace period means that for one year starting Oct. 1, Medicare will not deny claims solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes as long as the physician submits an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes. In addition, Medicare will not audit claims based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes.
So while practices will have some much needed breathing room, now is not the time to tap the brakes; preparation and education is as important as ever. Implementation strategies should be initiated now.
Find more on what the grace period is, and is not.
New Member Benefit Offers Help With ICD-10 Migration
To help with the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, TMA is offering TMA members free access to a powerful new tool offered by e-MDs.
The e-MDs ICD-10 Code Search Tool offers TMA member physicians and their staff the ability to apply the right ICD-10 coding at the point of patient contact, improving the rate of accepted claims and reducing frustration. Using a combination of keyword filters, anatomical locations, gender, and age, the tool offers a highly intuitive way to build a narrow list of billable ICD-10 codes based on user preferences.
Free access to this new resource is just one benefit of being a TMA physician member. Practices with less than 100-percent membership can still use the tool, but at a fee of $1,250 per nonmember. If your practice would like to take advantage of this perk, but you are not a TMA member, join TMA now or call the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 for assistance. TMA members can get started immediately at no cost by logging into your TMA account for more information.
*This tool is a resource to assist in ICD-10 code selection. It does not guarantee the codes selected and reported by the user are supported by documentation or ensure claim acceptance and correct payer reimbursement.
Now available! Three-hour online courses. Choose from 21 medical specialties to learn physician documentation tailored to your practice type. Each physician-developed course shows you critical documentation elements you'll need to maintain payment under ICD-10. In addition, these courses look at the top clinical conditions for each specialty with emphasis on their associated documentation and coding requirements. Complete this online documentation training now! Use coupon code 10DOCTMA and save $100 on the registration.
Live In-Person Seminars
Either use ICD-10 or don't get paid. After Oct. 1 2015 it will be that simple. What's not quite as simple is actually executing the transition. Does your documentation currently support the right ICD-10 code? Do your staff know the essentials for ICD-10 coding and does your documentation set them up for success?
Don't miss your chance for hands-on ICD-10 training. Register now and secure your seat at the Essentials in ICD-10 Documentation seminar (for physicians) and the Essentials in ICD-10 Coding seminar (for your staff). Be sure to bring your ICD-10 code book!
On Demand Webinars
Did you miss a previous seminar, or are you just getting started in preparing for ICD-10? Register for on demand recording of ICD-10 planning and implementation courses. View on demand webinar list.
ICD-10 Starts With Physicians
Practices should use this extra time to plan for the transition to a new code set. If your practice hasn't developed an implementation plan, the time to start is now.
ICD-10 Now! How and Why On Demand Webinar
Once you learn the pitfalls, you can begin to prevent problems. This webinar will teach you everything you need to know about starting your ICD-10 transition.
Achieving ICD-10 Implementation Success
The ICD-10 implementation challenge can seem overwhelming given all its moving parts. This workshop will get your practice fully engaged in the transition.
ICD-10 Documentation and Auditing: Success Is in the DetailsWith the conversion to ICD-10-CM set to take effect Oct. 1, 2015, the time to educate physicians and staff is now. A good understanding of the new coding and documentation conventions is essential to mastering ICD-10 and avoiding claim denials. Have your ICD-10-CM code book ready and register now to get a hands-on look at coding in ICD-10.
TMA Education Center
Start now and gain the knowledge needed for a seamless transition. View all of the courses available on the TMA Education Center.
ICD-10 Transition Basics - CMSConsult these CMS fact sheets to understand the basics of ICD-10, and what you’ll need to get started on your transition.
ICD-10 Quick Start Guide - CMSThis guide outlines 5 steps health care professionals should take to prepare for ICD-10 by the October 1, 2015, compliance date.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Road to 10 programDeveloped in collaboration with physicians from a variety of specialties, Road to 10 provides free and actionable ICD-10 resources, including an action plan, specialty-specific tools, webcasts, and more.
ICD-10 Facts and Myths - CMSThis fact sheet from CMS provides responses to myths about ICD-10 and resources.
Texas Medicaid ICD-10 Benefit Changes
Updated Texas Medicaid medical policies, which include proposed ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes that will be effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2015.
ICD-10 Special Bulletin
This publication contains all of the Texas Medicaid and CSHCN Services Program benefit changes as a result of the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.
ICD-10 Readiness Questionnaire for EHR Vendors by AHIMA - American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Practice ConsultingCustom transition solutions and professional coding help for your practice.
TMA Survey Says Texas Doctors Concerned About ICD-10 Rollout (Action, Sept. 1, 2015)
TMA Tips on Move to ICD-10 (Action, Sept. 1, 2015)
New Member Benefit Helps With ICD-10 Migration (Action, Aug. 17, 2015)
The ICD-10 Grace Period: What It Is and Is Not (Action, Aug. 17, 2015)
Feds Answer Questions on ICD-10 Flexibilities (Action, Aug. 3, 2015)
The Move to ICD-10: Dates of Service (E-Tips, July 28, 2015)
The ICD-10 Grace Period: What It Is and Is Not (E-Tips, July 16, 2015)
ICD-10 Grace Period Eases Burden But Doesn't Delay Implementation (Action, July 15, 2015)
Call for Two-Year ICD-10 Grace Period Gains National Support (Action, July 1, 2015)
Pay Attention to ICD-10’s Seventh Character (E-Tips, June 23, 2015)
ICD:10 Testing: Not a Last-Minute Job (E-Tips, June 11, 2015)
ICD-10 Redux. Will You Be Ready This Time? (E-Tips, Mar. 11, 2015)
Let the Prepping Begin for ICD-10 (Action, Mar. 1, 2015)
Write to Congress to Ask for Two-Year ICD-10 Delay (Action, Nov. 17, 2014)
HHS Officially Sets ICD-10 Deadline for Oct. 1, 2015 (Action, Aug. 15, 2014)
ICD-10 Countdown Continued: TMA Offers Assistance for ICD-10 Prep (Texas Medicine, May 2014)
Set Your Post-ICD-10 Implementation Goals (E-Tips, Mar.12, 2014)
Have You Talked To Your EHR Vendor About ICD-10? (Action, Nov. 1, 2013)
ICD-10: Use Documentation, Not Mapping Tools (E-Tips, Sept. 27, 2013)
Does Your Practice Have an ICD-10 Physician Expert? (Action, Sept. 4, 2013)
It's Time to Start ICD-10 Implementation (Action, Aug. 16, 2013)
Want the Newest Info on ICD-10? (Action, Aug. 1, 2013)
ICD-10 Seminar Now Available on Demand (Action, July 1, 2013)
Working With Vendors Toward ICD-10 (E-Tips, July 9, 2013)
ICD-10: Step by Step Is the Best Strategy (E-Tips, June 20, 2013)
Transition to ICD-10: Role of Clearinghouses (E-Tips, June 11, 2013)
Fiery Water Skis? There's an ICD-10 Code for That! (Action, May 1, 2013)