September 10, 2013 in Managing Your Practice
Along with the joy of the new ICD-10-CM codes we’re all so looking forward to, it’s time to start planning for a new and improved CMS-1500 claim form that allows for the new coding. Even if you run a primarily a paperless practice, you should be aware of this transition to new HCFA forms and new code sets in 2014.
So what’s changing?
For a peek at a sample of the revised form, I’m including a link to the National Uniform Claim Committee’s website .
What should you do to prepare?
Here’s what the Center for Medicare Services is saying their current timeline is for the implementation of the new form:
January 6, 2014- Medicare will begin accepting the new form. January 6, 2014 through March 31, 2014- Medicare will accept both the old-style CMS 1500 and the new form. April 1, 2014- Medicare, and many commercial payers, will accept the new form and the new form ONLY. Beginning on this date, using the old-style form will result in claim denials if submitted to Medicare. Check with your individual payers to see which form they will accept as they transition to the new form- some will have upgraded their systems as of April 1st and some may have not.
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