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  • Barbara J. Cobuzzi
    Please see the below announcement from CMS. AAPC 2480 S 3850 W, Suite B
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      Please see the below
      <http://enews.aapc.com/q/1yYvyZRgLTaRRmJAyJWamryvPsYOd68hek2Ltc2Yuxd13OWGd4m
      -5-cft> announcement from CMS.

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      From: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services <
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      Date: April 9, 2012
      To: AAPC < <mailto:info@...> info@...>
      Subject: For Immediate Release
      Reply-To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services <
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, April 9, 2012


      New health care law provisions cut red tape, save up to $4.6 billion



      Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
      today announced a proposed rule that would establish a unique health plan
      identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
      1996 (HIPAA). The proposed rule would implement several administrative
      simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

      The proposed changes would save health care providers and health plans up to
      $4.6 billion over the next ten years, according to estimates released by the
      HHS today. The estimates were included in a proposed rule that cuts red tape
      and simplifies administrative processes for doctors, hospitals and health
      insurance plans.

      "The new health care law is cutting red tape, making our health care system
      more efficient and saving money," Secretary Sebelius said. "These important
      simplifications will mean doctors can spend less time filling out forms and
      more time seeing patients."

      Currently, when health plans and entities like third party administrators
      bill providers, they are identified using a wide range of different
      identifiers that do not have a standard length or format. As a result,
      health care providers run into a number of time-consuming problems, such as
      misrouting of transactions, rejection of transactions due to insurance
      identification errors, and difficulty determining patient eligibility.

      The rule simplifies the administrative process for providers by proposing
      that health plans have a unique identifier of a standard length and format
      to facilitate routine use in computer systems. This will allow provider
      offices to automate and simplify their processes, particularly when
      processing bills and other transactions.

      The proposed rule also delays required compliance by one year- from Oct. 1,
      2013, to Oct. 1, 2014- for new codes used to classify diseases and health
      problems. These codes, known as the International Classification of
      Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will
      include new procedures and diagnoses and improve the quality of information
      available for quality improvement and payment purposes.

      Many provider groups have expressed serious concerns about their ability to
      meet the Oct. 1, 2013, compliance date. The proposed change in the
      compliance date for ICD-10 would give providers and other covered entities
      more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and
      coordinated transition to these new code sets.
      The proposed rule announced today is the third in a series of administrative
      simplification rules in the new health care law. HHS released the first in
      July of 2011 and the second in January of 2012, and plans to announce more
      in the coming months.

      More information on the proposed rule is available on fact sheets (4/9/12)
      at
      <http://enews.aapc.com/q/Q_EjYmVzVOapWgD_TVYaDn2tPf8V4b9Lwxu0-Pu8ocQjHsMGPvg
      lrcPZ2> http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.

      The proposed rule may be viewed at
      <http://enews.aapc.com/q/_it5Eh5Cu9wBKRpUHySB7m4gOers3eQq7EnfcYnrA_afIpaGapR
      fqtYUJ> www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx. Comments are due 30 days after
      publication in the Federal Register.

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