Welcome to the PCMS Website

The Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS) has been representing physicians for more than 160 years as they treat patients, advance science, maintain the standards of the profession, and protect the public health. The Society, a professional membership organization for physicians who live or work in the City of Philadelphia, has a tradition of activism on behalf of practitioners and patients. PCMS provides a common ground for physicians across a range of specialties to discuss health care issues of the day and work for the good of the profession and the public.

Today, its members continue to present the opinions of physicians before legislators and government officials, to protect the public health, and to keep physicians informed on the issues that affect their practice of medicine in Philadelphia.

ICD-10: It’s Closer Than It Seems – Steps to Take to Refine your Version 5010 Upgrade

March 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm | National

The Version 5010 upgrade deadline was Sun Jan 1.  CMS initiated an enforcement discretion period for 90 days, which ends on Sat Mar 31.  You should be finalizing your upgrade to Version 5010 if you have not yet done so. Once you have finished your upgrade to Version 5010, you’ll need to ensure your system continues […]


Medicare Claims Must be Submitted in 5010 Format Beginning April 1, 2012

March 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm | National

CMS is pleased to report that the vast majority of provider claims are being sent to Medicare in 5010 format.  Given these favorable results, we are taking the next step towards full implementation of 5010 in Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS).  Effective Sun Apr 1, 2012, your Medicare FFS transactions must be in 5010 format.  Transactions placed […]



February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am | National

CMS PROPOSES DEFINITION OF STAGE 2 MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHR) TECHNOLOGY The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule for Stage 2 requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, […]


AMA videos call for permanent SGR fix, not more patches – Action

February 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | National

As the March 1 deadline approaches for Congress to prevent a 27 percent cut in Medicare physician payments, the AMA has released online videos emphasizing the urgency to repeal Medicare’s failed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The videos—one geared toward Congress and the other toward seniors—warn that temporary patches to the SGR threaten access to […]


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