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On July 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had finalized Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to ICD-10.

At that time, all entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) must transition to this new set of codes for electronic healthcare transactions. In support of this change and to help ensure that all Medicare-certified dialysis facilities and transplantation centers throughout the United States and U.S. territories have the codes needed when reporting patient data, CMS updated a form used by these facilities — it’s known as the CMS-2728 Medicare Entitlement and/or Patient Registration form — to reflect the new diagnosis codes for “primary cause of renal failure.”

Medicare-certified dialysis facilities complete CMS-2728 forms for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). These forms and additional patient and administrative data are securely processed by facilities through CMS’s CROWNWeb data collection system. In addition to updating the CMS-2728 form, CMS implemented changes to CROWNWeb’s infrastructure to automatically convert processes over to ICD-10 once October 2015 arrives.


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