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CMS Final Version to MDS 3.0 and Allowable ICD Codes Available

On August 28, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) last week posted the FINAL version (V3.00.1) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications for Skilled Nursing Facilities, which take effect Oct. 1. They also released the file of the allowable ICD codes in item I0020B of the MDS.   

CMS Posts Final Rule on PDPM Implementation

On July 31, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this week released the final Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Payment Rule, which is the last step before implementation of the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that will take effect on Oct. 1. In addition to transitioning to the new case mix system, the Oct. 1 rates also include an inflation update of 2.4%. The rule makes few changes from the proposed rule that come out earlier this year, but it does finalize a definition of group therapy that allows up to six clients to be part of a treatment group as well as updating some requirements around ICD-10 coding that is a major driver of rates under PDPM.  

ICD-10 Transition Moves Forward

On November 4, 2015 by Jodi Boyne

The transition to ICD-10 is going well, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reporting that claims are processing normally.

ICD-10 Launches Oct. 1

On September 30, 2015 by Jodi Boyne

The long-awaited changeover to ICD-10 will finally happen tomorrow. There will be no postponement, no exemptions, no dual-code period or anything else that will prevent the use of the new codes. Claim submissions for services on or after Oct. 1 must contain ICD-10 codes or they will be rejected.

Two Opportunities to Test ICD-10 before Oct. 1 Implementation

On May 13, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing July 20-24. Applications are due by Friday, May 22.

ICD-10 Training Series About to Launch

On April 8, 2015 by Heidi Simpson

October 1 is the planned implementation date for ICD-10 coding, and aging services providers have been gearing up for this change for several years. As the preparations head into the home stretch, we are hosting two webinars and three regional two-day workshops designed to help members prepare for this approaching deadline. Each program features top trainer and former LeadingAge Minnesota member professional Leah Killian-Smith, Director, Pathway Health Services.

CMS Seeks Volunteers for ICD-10 Testing

On March 18, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

In preparation for conversion to the new ICD-10 code sets later this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking volunteers to conduct limited end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) in July.

CMS Offers ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing

On February 25, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

To help providers prepare for the transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing acknowledgement testing between current direct submitters with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Durable Medical Equipment MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractors before the new system is implemented in October.

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