The ICD-10 compliance date is October 1, 2015. Are you ready? The CMS Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider Resources web page includes information and educational resources for providers to implement and transition to ICD-10 medical coding.
National Immunization Awareness Month
Are your patients caught up on their immunizations? Are there vaccines they need and haven't had? August is National Immunization Awareness Month. For materials and resources, visit the CDC Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) page.
59 Modifier Use
Providers may continue to use the 59 modifier after January 1, 2015, in any instance in which it was correctly used prior to January 1, 2015. Change Request (CR) 8863 established four new modifiers (XE, XP, XS, and XU) to define specific subsets of the 59 modifier, a modifier used to define a "Distinct Procedural Service." Providers who want to use the new modifiers may use them according to the published definitions. For more information, review MLN Matters® Special Edition Article SE1503.
The Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) is the home for education, information, and resources for the health care professional community. The MLN provides access to information you need, when you need it, so you can focus more on providing care to your patients. Find MLN Educational Products (including MLN Matters® Articles), information about MLN Connects® Provider Association Partnerships, electronic mailing lists, and more on the CMS website.