CMS establishes ICD-10 center and ombudsman role 

CMS has created a new ICD-10 Coordination Center located in Baltimore, and has named emergency room physician William Rogers, MD as its “ICD-10 ombudsman” to address stakeholder complaints regarding the code switchover. Dr. Rogers is the director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at CMS, which works to reduce the regulatory burden on physicians who participate with the Medicare program. His role as ICD-10 ombudsman will be to serve as an advocate within CMS. Contact Dr. Rogers at

Here in Washington, the WSMA and other stakeholders continue to work together to identify implementation issues and will post information on the OneHealthPort ICD-10 Countdown page as these issues are identified and remedied.

Only weeks remain before the Oct. 1 deadline to switch to using ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Be sure to review Countdown to ICD-10 begins. Are you ready? or visit the CMS ICD-10 website and for more news and resources; sign up for CMS ICD-10 email updates to have news and resources delivered directly to you.

If you have specific questions regarding ICD-10 or other coding-related issues, the WSMA offers free assistance to our members via our Coding Hotline. Contacting Michelle Lott, CPC, CPMA at for help.

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