CMS Posts 2011 Regulatory Updates (ICD-10)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted new links on their ICD-10 page to the 2011 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS crosswalks, formally referred to as the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs).

According to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required required the Secretary of Health & Human Services to task the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee to convene a meeting before Jan. 1, 2011 to receive stakeholder input regarding the crosswalks between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 for the purpose of making appropriate revisions to the crosswalks. Section 10109(c) of the law further requires that these revisions to the crosswalks be posted to the CMS website and treated as a code set for which the Secretary has adopted a standard.

Here are the specific links:

  • 2011 ICD-10-CM and GEM’s: Information on the new diagnosis coding system, ICD-10-CM, that is being developed as a replacement for ICD-9-CM, Volumes 1 and 2.
  • 2011 ICD-10-PCS and GEM’s: Information on the new procedure coding system, ICD-10-PCS, that is being developed as a replacement for ICD-9-CM, Volume 3.

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