5 Best Practices To Ensure A Smooth, Expedient ICD-10 Transition

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The ICD-10 Compliance date is looming and it is imperative that healthcare providers be prepared to make the transition. It affects everything from claims processing, physicians’ workflow, and patients’ access to care. Many organizations may be rallying employees and resources in order to make the switch from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures before the implementation date of October 1, 2015. To make matters worse, the transition is not
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WEDI ICD-10 Survey Reveals Physician Practices Lagging Behind

WEDI Survey Reveals ICD-10 Delay Negatively Impacted Provider Readiness

While much of the industry is getting closer to ICD-10 readiness, only about 20 percent of physician practices have started or completed external testing and less than 50 percent responded that they were ready or would be ready for Oct. 1, according to recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) industry preparedness survey results.  In a letter sent to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, WEDI shared findings from its June 2015 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey, strongly
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5 Lessons the US Can Learn from Canada’s ICD-10 Transition

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Like it or not, the clock is ticking down to ICD-10 transition. Despite physician angst and political pushback, ICD-10 coding will soon be underway. While the uncertainty of any grace-periods for providers remain, the question persists: Will October 1, 2015 be a day of progress for U.S healthcare or its day of reckoning? According to the CDC, the new coding system that promises to improve data quality and streamline reimbursements will have nearly 19 times the procedural codes and five times
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CMS, AMA Partner to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

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With less than three months remaining until the ICD-10 transition, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline. In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10
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Why Non-Specific ICD-10 Codes Are a Non-Issue

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A safe harbor or grace period that would allow the submission of “less specific” ICD-10 codes after the ICD-10 transition continues to be raised as a way to alleviate the burden of the transition on physicians. For example, HR 2247, the ICD-TEN Act, would prohibit Medicare from denying claims “due solely to the use of an unspecified or inaccurate subcode.” A letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from several members of Congress recommends that CMS indicate “whether
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3M Unveils Health System Performance Suite for PHM

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  As hospitals and health systems navigate the journey from volume- to value-based health care, 3M Health Information Systems is applying the analytic power of its extensive clinical and claims database to help providers assess the costs, outcomes and effectiveness of care delivery. The new 3M Health System Performance Suite offers advanced analytic tools to manage the health of populations, measure provider performance, determine total cost of care and succeed under value-based
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AHIMA Recognized for ICD-10 Grassroots Advocacy Program

HBMA, AHIMA Establish Partnership To Share Educational Benefits

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) was recognized for its ICD-10 grassroots advocacy program as the recipient of a Silver Award in the 2015 Power of A Awards, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Each year ASAE recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world. AHIMA
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Infographic: Why Implement ICD-10?

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As healthcare trade groups and certain members of Congress continue to advocate against the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS, AHIMA has create the following infographic to illustrate the importance of ICD-10 and its long term benefits for the healthcare industry. 
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Do We Really Understand Documentation Requirements for ICD-10 PCS?

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Editor's Note: Dr. Jon Elion is the founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems, He is a practicing board-certified cardiologist in Providence, RI and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. After decades of experience with ICD-9, we have learned and come to grips with its quirks. We do not yet have that comfort level with ICD-10 -- after all, it’s still pretty new to most of us in the U.S. I’m not really concerned about the diagnosis side of ICD-10 and its Clinical
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6 Reasons Why ICD-10 Safe Harbor Is Dangerous for Healthcare Delivery

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Editor's Note: The Coalition for ICD-10 has issued the following statement in response to the recent efforts to create a "safe harbor" for physicians, which would prohibit claims from being denied due to incorrect or unspecified ICD-10 codes, will result in dangerous consequences for the healthcare delivery system. Multiple bills have been introduced in Congress that create a “safe harbor” for physicians by prohibiting claims from being denied “due solely to the use of an unspecified or
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