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CMS Streamlines ICD-10 Resources

February 24, 2017

CMS is phasing out the Road to 10 site, with an anticipated completion date of April 3, 2017.  To streamline your access to resources, CMS has merged all up-to-date content from our Road to 10 website to its main ICD-10 site,

After the successful transition to ICD-10, CMS noted that:

  • Visits to the Road to 10 website dropped sharply
  • Most users were opting to visit, not Road to 10, for ICD-10 information. 

CMS finalizes a new modifier and alternate payment system for off-campus provider-based departments

November 10, 2016

In the 2017 OPPS proposed rule, CMS proposed several provisions to interpret and implement Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. In the final rule, they finalized some proposals, offering flexibility in some areas related to the definition of “excepted” services, which will continue to be paid under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Additionally, they did not adopt their original proposals for an alternate payment system for “non-excepted” services, but rather proposed payment under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule through an entirely new “site of service specific” payment rate triggered by a new modifier (-PN).

FY 2017 Update of ICD-10 Now Available

September 6, 2016

The FY 2017 update of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is now available online through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (ICD-10), published by World Health Organization (WHO), is the foundation of ICD-10-CM. 

Summary of the Modernization Act (Act 287)

September 2, 2016

Links are provided to the summary of changes in the Modernization Act (Act 287) and to the bill itself.  The Modernization Act removes outdated provisions in Chapter 153 that will help providers more efficiently target health care resources in order to improve population health outcomes.

Quality Measures and the IMPACT Act Call - July 7

June 17, 2016

During this call, CMS experts discuss key quality measures related to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) and how they will affect you. 

Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Present on Admission Reporting Provision Fact Sheet - REVISED

June 16, 2016
A revised Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Present on Admission Reporting Provision Fact Sheet is available.

Track and Improve Your ICD-10 Progress

June 15, 2016

To help improve your use of ICD-10 codes, CMS offers the "Next Steps Toolkit" and companion infographic.

Resources Available to Help Hospitals Combat Emerging Cyber Threats

May 12, 2016

Cyber criminals are targeting information and other connected systems in every sector of the economy in attempts to gain access to personal information for financial gain and cause disruption.

ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting Discusses Impending Code Updates

April 29, 2016

After five years of ICD-10 classification system code freezes, October 1, 2016, will see the system back on the "normal" cycle for annual updates.  On March 9-10, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance committee met to review proposals for both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS that (if approved) would be included in the October 1, 2017, classification system addenda for fiscal year 2018.

Doeringsfeld Joins WHA Information Center

April 4, 2016

WHA is pleased to announce Jean Doeringsfeld will join the WHA Information Center (WHAIC) as vice president beginning April 4.  She will lead the day-to-day operations of WHAIC and direct the ongoing work of the organization to improve the way health care data is collected and used to be more efficient, meaningful, accurate and timely.

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