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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WEDI Opens ICD-10 Readiness Survey to Gauge Industry Progress

WEDI Releases ICD-10 Readiness Survey To Help Assess Industry's Progress Towards ICD-10

  On Thursday, The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced the release of its latest ICD-10 readiness survey to help determine how prepared the healthcare industry is prepared for the upcoming Oct. 1, 2015 compliance deadline. With less than 111 days left , providers, health plans, vendors and clearinghouses are invited to participate in this important initiative to help gauge progress for all parties. With the implementation deadline fast approaching, providers,
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New Bill Proposes 2 Year ICD-10 Grace Period

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A new bill introduced into the US House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL-6) on June 4  proposes a two-year “grace period” for accepting codes submitted in ICD-10-CM/PCS. The bill, H.R. 2652, Protecting Patients and Physicians Against Coding Act of 2015, would establish a two-year ICD-10 grace period during which physicians and other health care providers submitting claims and other documents using ICD–10 are not penalized for errors, mistakes, and malfunctions relating to
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CMS Releases April ICD-10 End to End Testing Results

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CMS has announced the results of its second ICD-10 end to end testing week conducted from April  27 through May 1, 2015 for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) health care providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies. CMS was able to accommodate most volunteers, representing a broad cross-section of provider, claim, and submitter types. Approximately 875 providers and billing companies participated, and testers submitted over 23,000 test claims. Key results include:  • The acceptance rate
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5 Common Myths About The ICD-10 Transition

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With ICD-10 compliance date less than five months away, there is still an abundance of common misconceptions associated to this transition. For providers, these ICD-10 misconceptions can prove extremely costly and damaging to the implementation.    Pam Klugman, chief product officer of Clear Vision Information Systems specifically warns providers to avoid these five common myths about ICD-10: 1. The new ICD-10 codes are simply increased and renumbered code sets. While it is true
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