• 8/1/2015 3:32:52 PM

    After 30 years of providing ICD-9-CM coding advice, the AHA Central Office will shift its attention to ICD-10-CM/PCS and no longer accept nor respond to requests for ICD-9-CM coding advice, effective January 1, 2014.

     

    On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. On August 4, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule implementing PAMA by changing the compliance date for ICD-10, including the Official ICD–10–CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and the Official ICD–10–PCS Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015. The rule also requires HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.

     

    The Cooperating Parties have reviewed the original plan not to address any ICD-9-CM questions and decided to uphold the plan and go forward with only providing advice on ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS (ICD-10) for the following reasons:

     

    • With an ICD-10 implementation date of next year, and the remaining scheduled EAB meetings, we would be “closing” ICD-9-CM questions again almost as soon as we “re-opened” them.
    • As hospitals and other providers continue their preparations for ICD-10, many will continue dual-coding to ensure ICD-10 trained coders increase their accuracy and proficiency and will require assistance with ICD-10 questions.
    • There has been a significant shift from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10 in the questions received by our clearinghouse since we started providing ICD-10 advice in 2012, to the point that last year an overwhelming majority of the questions were related to ICD-10.

     

    By focusing our time and attention on ICD-10 questions, we can better address ICD-10 issues in advance of implementation and ensure a smoother ICD-10 transition.

  • 12/21/2015 3:21:43 PM

    Welcome to the new Coding Clinic Advisor!  

     

    This year you will not only be able to submit your questions via this website, but you will also be able to subscribe to AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS and AHA Coding Clinic for HCPCS.  In late December a letter with information pertaining to subscribers accounts went out along with an instructional guide. If you did not receive this information please send your email address to codingclinicsupport@aha.org and we will resend the information.

     

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • 2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

    Lessons Learned: Reflections on CMS and the Successful Implementation of ICD-10

  • 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM

    ICD-10 to add thousands of new diagnosis and procedure codes in FY 2017

     

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will add about 1,900 diagnosis codes and 3,651 hospital inpatient procedure codes to the ICD-10 coding system for health care claims in fiscal year 2017, the agencies announced at the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting this week. The large number of new codes is due to a partial freeze on updates to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10 PCS codes prior to implementation of ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015. Both new and revised PCS codes are available at www.cms.gov. The new diagnosis codes will be included in the hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for FY 2017, expected next month.

  • 3/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

    CDC ENDS FREEZE ON NEW ICD 10 CODES!

  • 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

    The 2017 ICD-10-PCS updates, including the complete list of 2017 ICD-10-PCS code titles, addenda, and a conversion table showing changes from 2016 are now available on CMS’ website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-PCS-and-GEMs.html 

    The 2017 ICD-10-PCS updates, including the complete list of 2017 ICD-10-PCS code titles, addenda, and a conversion table showing changes from 2016 are now available on CMS’ website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-PCS-and-GEMs.html 

  • 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

    The 2017 ICD-10-CM updates, including the addenda to the Tabular List and Alphabetic Index showing changes from 2016 are now available on CMS’ website:

     

  • 9/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

    The FY 2017 ICD-10-CM/PCS Guidelines are here!

     

  • 3/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

    The ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee meetings are scheduled for March 7th and 8th.

     

    The meeting is being webcast via CMS at http://www.cms.gov/live/

     

    Toll-free dial-in access is available for participants who cannot join the webcast:

    • Phone: 1-844-396-8222
    • Meeting ID: 909 233 082

    *Attendees are encouraged to join early, as the number of phone lines is limited.

     

    The Agenda and Handouts packets for the procedure portion of the March 7, 2017 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting are now available.

    • Day 1 – March 7 will begin with the ICD-10-PCS procedure code topics and transition to ICD-10-CM diagnosis topics immediately afterwards if time allows.
    • Day 2 – March 8 will be designated for the remaining diagnosis code topics. 

     

    Link to ICD-10 procedure code topics Agenda and Handouts

    https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/ICD-9-CM-C-and-M-Meeting-Materials.html

     

    Link to ICD-10 diagnosis code topics Agenda and Handouts – continue to check back for posting of final handouts

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm_maintenance.htm

  • 8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

    The FY 2018 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are now available!

  • 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

    Updated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and errata now available!

    The updated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and an errata to the guidelines released August 10, 2017, have been posted at:

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm

  • 9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

    Hurricane Harvey ICD-10 Coding and Medicare Disaster Related Claims

    The four Cooperating Parties (American Hospital Association (AHA); American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) have updated the hurricane coding advice originally published in 2005, to include ICD-10-CM codes. The advice is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/Hurricane_coding_guidance.pdf.

    The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims and Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims have been  updated to include additional waiver information for Medicare-dependent small, rural hospitals and for low-volume hospitals. Information regarding administrative relief related to timely filing of appeals was also added.