Doc groups call for ICD-10 grace period
Four major medical organizations have echoed the American Medical Association’s plea for a two-year grace period that would allow physicians to transition to the new coding system without penalty. In a letter to the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), leaders from the four largest state medical associations, Texas, California, Florida and New York, call on CMS to make the following provisions as soon as possible:
- A two-year period during which physicians will not receive penalties for errors, mistakes or malfunctions of the coding system
- A two-year period in which physicians will not be subject to RAC audits related to ICD-10 coding mistakes
- A two-year period during which physician payments will not be reduced or withheld based on ICD-10 coding mistakes
- Advance payments in the event that claims are delayed
“We believe that two years of transition time, on-the-job learning by physicians–plus our continued ICD-10 educational activities–will result in a much less disastrous transition to this overwhelmingly complicated new coding system,” the letter states.
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