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How To's and Practice Resources


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How to Prepare for a DEA Office Inspection

How to Prepare for a DEA Office Inspection

Medicare Alternative Payment Models

This guide from the AMA explains the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) payment models that will be replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. A PDF and other resources are available here.

Transition to ICD-10

On July 6, 2015, the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced that agreement has been reached on important elements of a “grace period” for the October 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set. In new guidance, CMS announced:

  • For a one year period starting October 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes provided, as long as the physician submitted an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes.  In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes.  This policy will be followed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors.
  • To avoid potential problems with mid-year coding changes in CMS quality programs (PQRS, VBM and MU) for the 2015 reporting year, physicians using the appropriate family of diagnosis codes will not be penalized if CMS experiences difficulties in accurately calculating quality scores (i.e., for PQRS, VBM, or Meaningful Use). CMS will continue to monitor implementation and adjust the duration if needed.
  • CMS will establish an ICD-10 Ombudsman to help receive and triage physician and provider problems that need to be resolved during the transition.
  • CMS will authorize advanced payments if Medicare contractors are unable to process claims within established time limits due to problems with ICD-10 implementation.

See these documents and websites for more information:

AMA ICD-10 Transition Resources

ICD-10 FAQ from CMS

Road to 10: The Small Physician's Practice Route to ICD-10

ICD-10 Clinical Concepts Series: Family Practice

American College of Physicians: ICD-10 Tips

See a list of commonly used addiction treatment related ICD-10 codes.

CMS FAQs about Claims Spanning October 1, 2015

Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations

Applying the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations 42 CFR Part 2 (FAQs)


Information and resources regarding the changes to psychiatry codes in  the 2013 edition of the Current Procedural Terminology manual of the American Medical Association.  The coding changes will be effective on January 1, 2013.  (Resources provided by the American Psychiatric Association.)  [CPT Psychiatry Code Changes]