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As we quickly approach the halfway point for July, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is showing huge signs of encouragement with their handling of ICD-10 claim submission testing. The improvements in the acceptance of claim files has grown almost exactly 10% since the first round of testing, the third round of ICD-10 testing that was performed In mid-June showed a 90% acceptance of claim files!

These testing statistics portray the rapidly growing improvements in ICD-10 claim submission. In fact, reports have shown that the majority of rejections were not directly related to ICD-10, CMS stated that most errors were resultant of claims filed within the testing environment and these errors are not expected to be experienced when claims are filed in a non-testing environment.

Now that weve seen the success of ICD-10 claim submission, it is important to begin to think about how we can make a smooth transition to becoming a compliant ICD-10 user. Due to the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act, (HIPAA), you will be required to make this transition to ICD-10. So how can you get ahead of the game??

ICD-10, Free Reading Materials

One wise move you and your practice can make is to start by using Road to 10, a free online source offered by CMS amongst other things it will help you get a head-start figuring out how ICD-10 will need to be used in your company. If that doesnt meet your need, you can also begin to look into the ICD-10 Quick Start Guide so that when October 1st approaches, you will be all set. Lastly, you may also want to check out the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) guidelines in these coming weeks to be fully prepared!

Take the initiative, use these resources so that when October 1st rolls around the corner, you will have no trouble adapting!