tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2007 Issue 42

INDUSTRY NOTES: CMS Inches Closer To Replacing ICD-9 Codes

Plus: Could a Senate subcommittee hearing on competitive bidding bring changes?The United States lags behind the rest of the international community in transitioning from the current coding system--with 17,000 diagnosis and procedure codes--to the ICD-10 system--which has 210,000.Now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with the American Health Information Management Association to begin assessing the impact of replacing the ICD-9 code sets with the ICD-10 versions, the agency announced.AHIMA is to assess CMS' systems, policies and operations "to determine potential impacts" of making this transition, CMS says in its press release...

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