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Thank you to our 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibitors!
Abbott Medical Optics
Advanced Data Systems
Bausch & Lomb
Capital One Bank
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Eye Doctor Billing
EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems
MedChi Insurance Agency
Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland
New World Medical, Inc.
Professional Arts Pharmacy
Tissue Banks International
Wells Fargo Bank
Congratulations to our 2015 Resident Poster Contest Winners!
First Place: Aaron Wang, MD
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins
Second Place: Katie Duncan, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Third Place: Kenneth Levin, MD
Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai
CMS Clarifies FAQs on ICD-10 Guidance to Include
the Definition of “Valid Code” and “Family of Codes”
On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes.
CMS announced that:
· For a one year period starting October 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes provided, as long as the physician submitted an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes. In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes. This policy will be followed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors.
· To avoid potential problems with mid-year coding changes in CMS quality programs (PQRS, VBM and MU) for the 2015 reporting year, physicians using the appropriate family of diagnosis codes will not be penalized if CMS experiences difficulties in accurately calculating quality scores (i.e., for PQRS, VBM, or Meaningful Use). CMS will continue to monitor implementation and adjust the duration if needed.
In response to questions from the health care community on what was a “family of codes”, a “Valid Code” (and other issues), CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities” which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions; the most important one being the definition of “family of codes”.
To read the full release, click on the link here.