After years of heated debate and frustration between the medical community and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the 35-year old diagnoses codes doctors once used to bill for patient care under the CMS system are going by the wayside. Starting October 1, 2015, providers across the U.S. will replace ICD-9 with ICD-10—a coding set that includes 68,000 new medical diagnoses codes and a significant amount of trepidation for providers.
But there may be hope ahead. In a statement released in early July, CMS made the announcement that while all providers must use the new ICD-10 codes starting Oct.1, the group will make some concessions to help providers ease into the system more smoothly. These include: