Landmark Honor for Dr. Richard Ottomeyer and Ottomeyer Clinics, PLLC in Forest Lake, MN



Dr. Richard Ottomeyer of Ottomeyer Clinics, PLLC was recently nominated by officials at the Minnesota Department of Health for consideration as a Medicare Physician Champion Community of Practice Provider. This honor was confirmed and awarded by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and its “Road to 10” initiative for physicians who are champions in their specialty in developing and implementing clinical improvements for better patient care. This Physician Champion Community is recognized as actively utilizing technology to improve the quality of patient care. This recognition makes Dr. Richard Ottomeyer the first Chiropractic Physician to be awarded this honor in the United States.

The largest health care change in the last 30 years will be implemented on October 1, 2015. On this date, both insurance payers and providers in all areas of healthcare will be switching to an entirely new health diagnosis system. This system, called the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision or ICD-10 will replace the existing, outdated ICD-9. When this occurs, physicians will transition from having nearly 17,000 potential diagnosis codes to over 64,000. As this change occurs, many health insurance payers and providers will be facing serious potential delays in patient claims processing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is suggesting that medical claims processing could be significantly delayed. Providers are encouraged to prepare for a potential 90 to 180 day delay in medical claims processing.

Dr. Richard Ottomeyer and Leann Ottomeyer have been traveling around Minnesota and the United States, educating medical providers about the transition to ICD-10. This dedication resulted in the Physician Champion Community of Practice recognition by CMS. Pictured here is Dr. Ottomeyer and Leann Ottomeyer with David Haugen and Judy Edwards from the Minnesota Department of Health. On June 29th and 30th, Ottomeyer Clinics participated with key shareholders from the Administrative Uniformity Committee to deliver important education and resources for rural medical providers at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth, MN.

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