Monday, August 3, 2015


With the ICD-10 implementation date just around the corner, we at SCAN, and you as our Provider partners are working very hard.  There's so much information to filter through, it sometimes seems impossible to keep up with.

CMS has posted their DRAFT CPT/HCPCS filtering list.  What is on the list is not hugely problematic, but what's missing (Modifiers) is.  As you know, modifiers alter the meaning of the CPT/HCPC codes, and inclusion of some of those modifiers may be important.  Health Plans have until August 21st to comment.  You can rest assured that we're studying the list, and will make comments to CMS in a timely manner.

CMS also posted another important file: The updated CMS-HCC and Rx-HCC files.  As you know, CMS posted a draft file a little over a month ago--they've now taken it down and replaced it.  They are not calling this the final ICD-10 mapping, so we'll be sure to monitor the CMS website and post updates here.

We've posted a number of new Q and As on the Ask-a-coder page.   In addition, we've completely new Helpful Links page.  All of the links are now categorized, making it easier for you to find exactly what you're looking for.

Just as an FYI--when we have special or time sensitive posts to, we usually send out an email blast.  These are sent infrequently, and usually no more often  than once a month.  If you'd like to be added to our growing list of HCCUniversity readers, please send your name and email address to, and we'll be sure to add you.

That's it for today.  As we get closer to ICD-10, we 're sure to hear things from CMS that are of importance to you. We'll pass them along here, on and through our email blasts.

Stacey Hernandez, CCS-P          

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