CMS Call to Cover ICD-10 Transition
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials will give you information on preparing for the Oct. 1, 2014, switch to the ICD-10 coding system in a nationwide conference call for physicians and staff on Thursday, April 18. The 90-minute call begins at 12:30 pm CDT.
The agenda includes:
- Planning for transition to ICD-10,
- Claims processing,
- National implementation issues,
- National coverage decisions, and
Click on the link above for more information and to register.
You must begin preparing for ICD-10 now if you haven't already. TMA has a variety of ways to help you prepare. They include:
- ICD-10 Now! – a three-hour seminar series in 18 cities in May and June and in September and October across Texas that will offer a detailed look at everything you need to know and do to prepare for ICD-10. The presentation begins with an overview of ICD-10, then delves into real-world explanations of how to assess your practice's readiness and to plan and implement a successful transition. The workshops cover policies, procedures, processes, relationships with other organizations, and information systems and technology. Attendees will receive forms and questionnaires to help create an ICD-10 transition plan.
- Simple Solutions ICD-10 Transition Software to assist practices with the transition to ICD-10. This tool, available as a download or web-based, will help you quickly and easily identify which ICD-10 codes replace the ICD-9-CM codes your practice uses now.
- An on-demand webinar, ICD-10 Starts With Physicians: A Primer for Beginning the Process.
- On-site ICD-10 training. The one-hour and half-day programs are customized to your needs.
You can start by watching the short TMA video, "Doctor, What's Your Role in Transitioning to ICD-10?"
Coming soon is an ICD-10 Transition Toolkit that will guide you through learning, planning, organizing, implementing, and analyzing the ICD-10 transition. It will include the tools – budgets, organization surveys, and impact assessments – you need for a successful transition.
For the latest information, visit the ICD-10 page on the TMA website and the CMS ICD-10 website.
TMA Practice Consulting also offers a variety of services to help ensure your reimbursement doesn't suffer during the ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition. Contact TMA Practice Consulting by telephone at (800) 523-8776 or by email.
Meaningful Use Audits Start
Meaningful use audits are under way in Texas, and TMA is receiving calls from members seeking assistance. Figliozzi and Company is the designated contractor performing the audits on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The company offers some guidance for audited practices.
Be sure to answer all questions to the best of your ability. One of the documentation requirements is an audit trail from the electronic health record (EHR) software demonstrating that drug formulary or drug allergy checks were enabled for the entire reporting period. Not all EHR vendors have this capability. If that is the case, you can make a statement attesting that your drug formulary checks were enabled for the entire reporting period and that your EHR vendor does not have functionality to provide proof.
The deadline for the initial request of documentation is two weeks. If the auditors consider your answers deficient, they will make a second request with a one-week deadline. Figliozzi will extend the deadline upon request, but your second-year payment may be delayed until the audit is finalized. Once the audit ends, you will receive an audit determination letter from Figliozzi. If the auditors find you ineligible for the incentive payment, you can appeal.
Be sure to maintain, for at least six years, documentation supporting the meaningful use measures, calculations, and data submitted during attestation. CMS prepared EHR Incentive Programs Supporting Documentation for Audits to help practices better understand the documentation needed in an audit.
To help physicians with the EHR incentive program complexities, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established regional extension centers (RECs) to provide onsite health information technology (HIT) consulting in physician practices. For questions about eligibility and REC services, visit the REC Resource Center on the TMA website.
For more information about meaningful use or other HIT issues, contact TMA's HIT Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by email, or visit the TMA EHR Incentive Program Resource Center.
Experience TEDMED 2013 Free – Courtesy of TMA
TMA has been accepted as a simulcast site for TEDMED 2013, and we invite members to join us at the TMA building in Austin on Wednesday, April 17, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm, for the exhilarating speakers and invigorating discussion.
TEDMED is where the world's most creative minds meet health care's most innovative science. Speakers include global leaders from science, research, technology, academia, business, government, and the arts. Join us in what many have called a "life-changing experience."
If you can't make it to Austin, your TMA membership entitles you to watch any or all of the four-day conference – it runs from the evening of April 16 through noon on April 19 – from your desktop computer or mobile device. Take a look at the agenda, and plan some time for you, your colleagues, and your staff to think about the future of health care.
Maybe you want to watch National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins on Wednesday? Or Institute of Medicine President Harvey Weinberg on Tuesday? Or 18-year-old venture capitalist Laura Deming on Friday? Or all three? Or more? You can.
To watch the program, go to tedmedlive.org and then "Click Here To Start." In the drop-down box, select "Texas Medical Association" from the list of organizations and enter L82830 as your affiliate ID.
Download the TEDMED app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. TEDMED Connect contains all the key information about TEDMED session schedules and speakers' bios, as well as a "What's On Now" button that allows real-time check-in on conference talks.
For more information on the April 17 simulcast at the TMA building, contact the TMA Knowledge Center by telephone at (800) 880-7955 or by email