As ICD-10 Implementation Approaches October 1 Deadline, Clinical Pathology Laboratories Wonder if Providers and Payers Will Make a Smooth Transition

Medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups could face payment delays if physicians fail to code lab test claims properly using ICD-10 codes Just weeks remain before the implementation to ICD-10 begins. This will be a delicate time for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, since labs must rely on physicians to provide accurate ICD codes that labs must submit on test claims in order to be reimbursed by payers. The much-delayed shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis codes...

Providers, Payers and CMS Gear Up for ICD-10 Implementation, but Will They Be Prepared for Launch by October 1, 2014?

Pathologists and medical laboratory managers have only nine months to prepare their labs for ICD-10 implementation Most clinical laboratory managers and pathologists know that October 1, 2014, is the date for implementation of ICD-10. After that date, each Medicare claim submitted by a medical laboratory must include the ICD-10 code provided by the referring physician. This is a unique reason why clinical laboratories and pathology groups have keen interest in a smooth transition from ICD-9 to...

HHS Proposes One-Year Delay for ICD-10 Implementation: Is This Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories?

AMA opposition to ICD-10 deadline moves HHS to reconsider, while leaving some transition-ready providers rankled When it comes to implementation of ICD-10 in the United States, the “do it later” crowd seems to have convinced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the need to once again move back the compliance date for ICD-10. On April 9, HHS announced a proposed rule to defer implementation by one year, with a new effective date of October 1, 2014. Clinical laboratories and...

Clinical Laboratories Beware: Many Payers May Not Be Ready for HIPAA 5010 on January 1, 2012

Bigger challenge will be adoption of ICD-10 across entire U.S. healthcare system in 2013 Two disruptive events in the world of coding, billing, and claims reimbursement are about to engage the full attention of clinical laboratories and pathology groups. First is implementation of HIPAA 5010 forms for claims submission by all types of healthcare providers. This is scheduled to occur on January 1, 2012—just seven months away! Second is implementation of ICD-10 codes. Federal law currently...
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