On October 8th, leading home health and hospice associations, including the Alliance, joined with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 Ombudsman Dr. William Rogers to form the Home Health and Hospice ICD-10 Transition Workgroup.
The purpose of the workgroup is to streamline the process for ICD-10 transition and act as a conduit for addressing questions and concerns regarding the transition.
ICD-10 is the latest coding set for the diagnoses of all patients protected under the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), and is used across the U.S. healthcare continuum. It is a seven-digit coding structure, which replaced ICD-9 on October 1, 2015.
Last month, the Alliance submitted comments to CMS regarding concerns with the transition to ICD-10, including concerns about the lack of “transition flexibility” for home health agencies and other post-acute care providers, and confusion over coding of the seventh character for home health.
In addition to the Alliance, the group will include the Association for Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC), the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations (NHPCO), and the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) will also serve on the workgroup. AHCC will serve as the main conduit between this workgroup and CMS, consulting with the Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC) to resolve ICD-10 issues. AHCC and BMSC are both part of Decision Health, a company that provides news, analysis resources and training for home health and hospice professionals.
The Alliance would like to invite all community members to reach out with questions and concerns for the workgroup. You can reach the Alliance’s Executive Director Teresa Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Rogers is welcoming all industry members to reach out with questions and concerns individually, however, those previewed by the workgroup first may see accelerated response times. Dr. Rogers can be reached directly at ICD10_Ombudsman@cms.hhs.gov.
For more information on ICD-10, check out CMS’s website: http://www.roadto10.org/.