CMS meeting to address more ICD-10 issues

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee is scheduled to meet next month.

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 19, 2012
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Auditorium, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244.
  • Open to the public, limited only by the space available.

ICD-10 topics dominate the agenda:

  • ICD-10 implementation Announcements
  • Expansion of thoracic aorta body part under heart and great vessels systemshow citation box
  • Addendum issues (temporary therapeutic endovascular occlusion of vessel, changing body part from thoracic aorta to abdominal aorta)
  • ICD-10 MS-DRGs
  • ICD-10 HAC translations
  • ICD-10 MCE translations
  • More ICD-10-CM diagnosis topics

More details are in the Federal Register.

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