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Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP
President, American College of Physicians (ACP)
(Washington, July 6, 2015) The implementation of the
International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision Clinical
Modification (ICD-10 CM) is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1,
less than 90 days from now. The transition is necessary because
accurate ICD-10 coding will more closely reflect the severity of
illness and help substantiate medical necessity, contribute to
health-care quality and improvement initiatives, and advance public
health research and emergency response. However, ACP understands
that this transition will have a profound impact on the physician
community, and wants the transition to be as successful and
seamless as possible. Therefore, ACP has actively worked with the
American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical societies to
CMS to establish alternate plans to mitigate any unintended
consequences on physicians. ACP is very pleased to acknowledge that
CMS has responded by establishing a contingency plan
for the physician community.
The change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is one of the largest
technically challenging transitions for physicians in the past
several decades. Although the coding conventions in ICD-10 are
similar to those used in ICD-9 there are many differences.
Undoubtedly, these differences will create opportunities for errors
in coding accuracy. Therefore, ACP appreciates that CMS has
directed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and
Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) not to reject or deny claims
based solely on an error due to the lack of accuracy or specificity
within the appropriate code family during this transition.
This contingency plan also will help dispel some concerns about
how ICD-10 transition in Oct. will occur during the 2015 reporting
periods for the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS),
Value-Based Payment Modifier, and Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Meaningful Use (MU) programs by continuing to allow the use of
ICD-9 codes for those measures until the end of the year. It is
reassuring to see CMS recognize this problem and put in place an
alternative plan to account for any significant differential in
satisfactorily reporting quality measures between the two code
Finally, ACP appreciates that in the event Medicare contractors
are unable to process claims within established time limits due
administrative problems or system malfunctions that are not the
fault of the physician, CMS will authorize advance payments to the
For additional assistance on ICD-10 please visit the ACP
or contact Brian Outland or Margo Williams in the ACP Washington
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