ICD-10 Grace Period Ends October 1, 2016
The ICD-10 grace period instituted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ease the transition to the new coding requirements adopted in 2015 expires October 1, 2016. When it does, all diagnosis coding must be to the correct level of specificity. Claims that are not coded correctly might not be processed and could be audited.
For more information, see “Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding IDC-10 Flexibilities” available on ASCA's web site. Responses to questions that relate directly to the October 1, 2016, deadline begin at Question 23.
To learn about the coding and billing changes that will take effect next year, consider attending ASCA’s Coding Update and Reimbursement Strategies Seminar in San Antonio, Texas, January 12–14, 2017.