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ICD-10 Grace period is soon coming to an end!

September 12, 2016

Starting October 1, Medicare will no longer accept unspecified codes if there is a more specific code that should be applied. The 12 month grace period will soon be over. Medicare contractors stated they would process claims with a valid ICD-10 code and not audit claims if they were within the same family during the first year of ICD-10. 

It will now be required to use ICD-10 as it was meant to be used, to precisely describe diseases and conditions, remember, do not use unspecified codes if there is a more accurate code.  Providers should now be familiar with ICD-10 and not have a problem coding to the highest specificity.


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