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CMS Says it Will Be Ready for ICD-10 on Oct. 1

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will continue to pay claims and proceed with ICD-10 implementation, even if Congress does not act to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016. CMS reminded providers that, beginning Oct. 1, claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. In addition, CMS assured the health care community that its processes and systems are prepared to address any issues that may arise. Problems with claims submissions should be reported first to the billing vendor or clearinghouse, and then to the Medicare Administrative Contractor. For additional assistance, providers can contact CMS’ ICD-10 ombudsman at ICD10_ombudsman@cms.hhs.gov. More implementation details are available in yesterday’s CMS blog post titled ICD-10: One Week Out.

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