Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CMS Names ICD-10 Ombudsman

Dianne De La Mare

In late August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), MLN Connects ICD-10 call featured Andy Slavitt (CMS, Administrator); Sue Bowman (American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)); and Nelly Leon-Chisen (American Hospital Association (AHA)). Slavitt provided a national implementation update where he named Dr. William Rogers (CMS, Director Physicians Regulatory Issues Team), as the new ICD-10 Ombudsman. Rogers is currently a practicing physician at Georgetown University Hospital; but he will soon also act as Ombudsman for all health care professionals and work out of the ICD-10 coordination center in Baltimore, Maryland. Beginning in late September, Rogers can be reached at ICD10_ombudsman@CMS.HHS.gov, according to CMS representatives.

As we reported previously, AHCA has sent correspondence and has spoken to CMS about our questions/concerns specific to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) ICD-10 coding which have yet to be answered by CMS, and we are encouraging the agency to get back to us as quickly as possible. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more on this matter.

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