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WEDI Clarifies Clinical Documentation in 2017 ICD-10 Guidance

October 31, 2016 - The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released an issue brief on clinical documentation and the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines. The 2017 guidelines include a specific provision about clinical documentation. In guideline 19, CMS discusses code assignment and clinical criteria. “The assignment of a diagnosis code is based on the provider’s diagnostic statement...


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ICD-10 Implementation Yields 80% Success Rate, KPMG Reports

by Sara Heath

The October changeover from ICD-9 to ICD-10 brought with it some slightly mixed but overall positive results. In a latest survey of the provider ICD-10 transition, KPMG found that nearly 80 percent of providers are seeing success. According to...

CMS Addresses the Isolated Issues in ICD-10 Implementation

by Sara Heath

After encountering a few isolated bumps in the ICD-10 road, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued clarifications for the measures it’s taking to resolve those issues. According to the CMS statement, there have...

CMS Issues First Claims Metrics Since ICD-10 Implementation

by Sara Heath

At the start of October, the healthcare industry transitioned from the old ICD-9 code sets to ICD-10. Although it was a highly anticipated transition that caused many industry stakeholders distress throughout the preparation process, many reports...

CMS Issues Provider Contact Sheet for ICD-10 Code Questions

by Sara Heath

Two weeks into the transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reiterated various sources of help for providers and coders to consult if a coding issue should arise. The agency also released a list of provider...

CMS Finds ICD-10 Testing Successful

by Vera Gruessner

Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced today that the organization recently finished the first week of end-to-end testing for ICD-10 coding. The ICD-10 testing week took place between...

Researchers Unveil Bidirectional ICD-9 to ICD-10 Mapping Tool

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A team of researchers has unveiled a bidirectional ICD-9 and ICD-10 mapping tool which it claims will enable healthcare organizations, providers, researchers, and other professionals to compare diseases during the upcoming ICD-10 transition....

What should providers be doing during the ICD-10 waiting game?

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than a month and a half after President Obama signed the ICD-10 delay into law, CMS still lists October 1, 2014 as the ICD-10 compliance date on most of its websites and educational materials.  The delay may have taken the agency (and...

AHA, AMA respond to new CMS proposal for ICD-10 deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently working on its interim to implement the new compliance date for ICD-10, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) have indicated their...

Was the ICD-10 delay caused by the administration’s IT problems?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) continues to tout the number of enrollees in the health insurance marketplace, but even the latest figures pushing that figure over eight million does little to mask the cost of getting there....

AHIMA applauds the new CMS plan for ICD-10 implementation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finally broken its silence about the legislative delay of ICD-10 until no earlier than Oct. 1, 2015. In an email update last evening, the Department of Health & Human Services revealed...

Can you afford to delay your ICD-10 implementation?

by Sponsored Content

There have been many developments and changes to the healthcare system, ranging from the Affordable Care Act to meaningful use. One of the many changes is the transition to the ICD-10 Classification of Diseases. Currently the United States is...

WEDI to help develop ICD-10 delay action plan at summit

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The decision by Congress to delay the transition to ICD-10 took places weeks ago and still the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has yet to make mention of it. Obviously, the adamancy of Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and other members...

How will CIOs, CMIOs respond to the latest ICD-10 delay?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the signing of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (HR 4302) by President Barack Obama on April 1, the one-year patch for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) known as the “doc fix” is to become law and with it the transition...

SGR repeal, ICD-10 delay legislation passes in the House

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After this morning’s postponement of proceedings concerning HR 4302 (Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), the House of Representatives reconvened to consider unfinished business and a voice vote in favor of passing the patch for...

ICD-10 Coalition opposes ICD-10 delay in SGR patch

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest attempt by Congress to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) has irked a coalition of healthcare organizations allied to oppose any attempt to further delay the start of ICD-10, dubbed the Coalition for ICD-10. “We are extremely...

Congress expected to vote on potential ICD-10 delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: After this morning’s proceedings led to a postponement of a vote on HR 4302, the bill was reconsidered this afternoon and passed by a voice vote. A bill before Congress if approved would delay the compliance date for ICD-10 until...

What makes ICD-10 a top priority for healthcare CIOs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The year 2014 is an important one for healthcare leadership, particularly CIOs who must balance numerous projects and responsibilities and treat each individually as a top priority. Although the work of healthcare CIOs will vary depending on...

Why ICD-10 Is Not Just A Coding Project

by Sponsored Content

If you think ICD-10 is all about new codes, you are dead wrong. ICD-10 is really about “documentation” ─ we clinicians have learned from day one that, “If it’s not documented, it wasn’t done.” This situation...

How far-reaching an effect will ICD-10 have on 2014, beyond?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of all the health IT challenges facing the healthcare industry in 2014, none will have more of an impact than ICD-10. Even with the one-year delay that saw the compliance date move from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, many a healthcare organization...

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