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3 last-minute tips to prepare your practice for the ICD-10 transition

Effective Oct 5, 2015
Published Oct 5, 2015
Last Reviewed Oct 2, 2015
You’re probably elbows-deep in your ICD-10 transition prep as we speak, but take a moment to review a few points about the transition that experts say may be eluding even the most conscientious practice managers: 
Don’t count on the advance payment option. CMS brought up in its recent FAQs the possibility of advance payment on claims held up by ICD-10-related snafus. “If the Part B Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are unable to process claims within established time limits because of administrative problems, such as contractor system malfunction or implementation problems, an advance payment may be available,” CMS said in FAQ No. 18.  “Physicians would be allowed to submit a single advance payment request for multiple claims for an eligible period of time.”
But advance payments will be available only if Medicare’s systems fail, points out Michelle Cavanaugh, an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainer and RCM manager for electronic health record (EHR) vendor Kareo in Irvin, Calif. “The prepayment request will not be available for the provider who is not prepared or whose software vendors are not ready to send ICD-10 claims. This is not a safety net.”
Don’t get caught up in wishful thinking. Advance payment remains what it has always been – a remedy for CMS’ screw-ups, not yours (PBN 6/16/08).
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