With Saturday marking the one-year anniversary of the implementation of ICD-10 codes, healthcare organizations must now focus on some new requirements that went into effect on October 1.
While the transition from ICD-9 version codes universally is considered to be an unqualified success, the ICD-10 grace period has ended, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no longer will be accepting unspecified codes on Medicare fee-for-service claims. The year of coding flexibilities that CMS agreed to last year in cooperation with the American Medical Association has expired and will not be extended.
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