NAHC Sends Letter to CMS Highlighting ICD-10 Concerns and Recommendations
June 25, 2015 05:04 PM
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) recently sent a letter to officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlighting some unique issues home health agencies will face with the transition from iCD-9 to ICD-10. NAHC Report previously reported that NAHC intended to send the letter in last week’s article providing tips for ICD-10 preparation.
The letter highlights concerns expressed by the home health care community regarding the transition. NAHC states in the letter to CMS that the “home health community has expressed concerns regarding the transition” of which NAHC believes CMS should be aware. The letter further states: “The concerns surround the uniqueness of home health care relative to ICD-10 coding for claims that span October 1, 2015, and the potential consequences for home health agencies related to inaccurate coding with the ICD-10. Also, the absence of educational efforts by CMS towards home health providers suggests a lack of understanding with how home health agencies will be impacted by the ICD-10 conversion.”
In the letter, NAHC recommends that CMS, in order to address these concerns, should: 1) provide a grace period sufficient enough for agencies to increase proficiency in ICD-10 coding; 2) provide education programs and resources aimed specifically towards home health providers; 3) conduct end-to-end testing exclusively for home health agencies; and 4) ensure home health referrals from providers and physicians include complete documentation.
To read the full letter, please click here.