CMS Making Transition to ICD-10 Code Set More Flexible

Date of Publication (August 14, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidance on the ICD-10 coding transition following requests from the AMA to clarify some issues. The revised FAQs are consistent with the original announcement and provide added clarity of the term “family of codes.” They also clarify the flexibility pertaining to front-end claims processing, in addition to post-payment audits. Specifically, revisions were made to questions 3 and 5. Read about the revised guidance at AMA Wire.


The AMA also is working with CMS to develop a version of the FAQs that is specifically geared toward physicians. Watch AMA Wire for details about the physician-specific guidance.

CMS will host a call for physicians preparing for ICD-10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, August 27. Experts will discuss last-minute steps to prepare for the transition to the new code set, as well the added flexibility around billing, audits, and quality measure calculations. Physicians are encouraged to register as soon as possible to obtain dial-in details.