10/1 ICD-10 Trial Ends

CMS has provided clarification on the October 1, 2016 end of the one-year “trial period” for ICD-10.  During the “trial period,” approximate (for instance, three digits instead of five) codes are not being audited.  After October 1, 2016, all codes submitted must be fully specified.  Details are provided at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Clarifying-Questions-and-Answers-Related-to-the-July-6-2015-CMS-AMA-Joint-Announcement.pdf .  More information on ICD-10 can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Frequently-Asked-Questions.html .

September Network 16 News

We’ve added the September edition of our provider newsletter Network 16 News to the Network website at
https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .  This issues features information about the Network Annual Provider Meeting on October 25th at the Seattle Airport, a short article on the new QIP Heathcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination measure, and notes on ICD-10-CM and on reporting requirements for disruptions in delivery of care.   The “Hot Dates” column includes the October 18 Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar, October 23 and November 11 CNSW Chapter Conferences, and the February 27-March 1 Annual Dialysis Conference.  For more information on the Conferences, see our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ .

ICD-10-CM Primary Causes of Renal Failure

CMS has prepared a list of the ICD-10-CM codes that are recommended for use as Primary Causes of Renal Failure after October 1, 2015.  Find the list at

For more information see http://mycrownweb.org/icd-10-cm-code-list-with-primary-causes-of-renal-failure-now-available/ .

ICD-10 Transition 10/1/15

CMS officially transitions its use of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  For translating old codes to new ones, see the General Equivalent Mapping (GEMs) at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2015-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html .  A downloadable copy of the new Medical Evidence Form 2728 can be found at  mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CMS-2728-U3-07-2014.pdf  .

CMS has recently announced the following…