CMS Announces ICD-10's Update

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: The Centers for Medicare, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their plans for implementing its first update to the new coding system on Oct. 1, 2016.

Now, special measures have been taken to update to ICD-10.This is the first time when there was a meeting held of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee since the initial ICD-10 implementation last October.

Co-Chair of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, Pat Brooks said that there were no calls for earlier updates to ICD-10.

"If we had planned to have an April 1 code update, then we would have had to have a request at the September Coordination & Maintenance Committee meeting for an expedited code update," she explained. "If we had, we would have made that decision by now. There were no requests for an April 1 code update at the September meeting; therefore, there won't be any updates until October 1, 2016."  

Last year the C&M provided a public forum to discuss proposed changes to ICD-10. The first day of the meeting was focused on method code issues and driven by CMS. The second day was committed to diagnosis code issues and is led by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Speculative agendas for the meetings are posted one month in advance of the scheduled meetings. 

A presentation was made at the C&M meeting, which described the clinical issues and the technology. The participants at the meeting were encouraged to ask questions concerning the clinical and coding issues and to offer recommendations. Recommendations concerning proposed code revisions made both in person at the C&M meeting, and in writing before the end of the remark period, will be considered.

Further CMS notifies that it is going to soon update the new list of procedural codes and the diagnosis codes next month on its website.