CMS Clarifies ICD-10 Flexibility Guidance

On July 6, 2015, CMS published guidance granting some flexibility associated with the October 1, 2015 implementation of ICD-10. They indicated the following:

  • One year grace period with no denials based on specificity as...
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New Category III Code

CPT contains Category III Emerging Technology codes, which allow the collection of data on new services and procedures that would otherwise be treated as unlisted or miscellaneous.  Category III codes are probationary – they...

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July 1, 2015 Fee Schedule Change

Although a small change, Medicare fee schedules increase slightly on July 1, 2015.  The "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015" provides for a 0.5 percent update to the Medicare Physicians Fee...

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Compound Drug Code

Claim filing for compounded drugs presents numerous challenges. Different payers may require different codes for the same drug creating confusion and claim filing errors. This confusion ends on July 1, 2015 when...

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Medicare Card Revisions

When a practice seeks social security numbers from patients, they often find patients hesitant to provide this information for fear of identity theft.  Yet, if the patient is a Medicare beneficiary, their social security...

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