Historic SGR bill awaits action by Senate, Medicare claims are on hold

From the Wisconsin Medical Society After passing the U.S. House of Representatives last week, H.R. 2: “The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA), which would repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, has been put on hold until the U.S....

Certified EHR (Electronic Health Record) Technology

In a press release dated May 20, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule to help providers make use of Certified E.H.R. (Electronic Health Record) Technology. The proposed rule would let eligible professionals use the 2011 Edition...

ICD-10 Implementation

With the announcement on April 1st of the delay of ICD-10, there was much speculation as to if the ICD-10 would even be implemented and whether those in the industry should move forward with their plans of education and training. On May 1st of this year, CMS has...

Limited End to End Testing for ICD-10

CMS has finally announced that they will do some limited end to end testing for ICD-10. They will do this testing in July 21-25, 2014 in order to show that they are ready for the implementation of ICD-10. Testers will be picked randomly from a list of volunteers. To...

Are Your Documentation Skills Ready for ICD-10?

With the implementation of ICD-10 just over six months away, how ready do you feel in your documentation skills to handle the changes necessary for the guidelines that will take us to new levels of specificity and laterality? The Wisconsin Medical Society has created...

Let’s Talk About ICD-10

Let’s talk about documentation for ICD-10 CM. Did you know that if there is an external cause, you must document the activity, location, relief or no relief treatment has provided, if there is an acute or chronic condition and if there is a concussion, you must...