Tuesday, January 04, 2011

National Provider Teleconference on Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011

Wed Jan 12, 1-3pm EST

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider teleconference on “Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011.” Subject matter experts will review basic information on the transition to ICD-10 and discuss implementation planning and preparation strategies for this year. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Target Audience: Medical coders, physician office staff, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, educators, system maintainers, and all Medicare fee-for-service providers

The following topics will be discussed:

Planning for transition to ICD-10 – “A call to action”
ICD-10 implementation for services provided on and after Tue Oct 1, 2013 – No grace periods or delays
§ Date of service implementation requirements

§ Tools for converting codes – 2011 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs)

§ Partial freeze of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code updates, except for new technologies and diseases

§ Use of unspecified codes in both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10

§ Updating payment and coverage policies for ICD-10

§ Differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10

§ Internal planning groups and organizational strategies

§ Awareness, educational strategies, and assessing training needs

§ Implementation plan development and impact assessment

§ Determining vendor readiness

§ Coding gap analysis – What needs to be done for your coding staff

§ Assessing quality of medical record documentation

§ Developing an ICD-10 budget

§ Consequences of poor preparation

Registration will close at 1pm EST on Tue Jan 11 or when available space has been filled; no exceptions will be made, so please register early. For more information and to register for this informative session, please visit

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