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Return of Annual Updates to ICD-10 Code Set Begin Oct. 1

March 15, 2016 - At a recent meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination & Maintenance Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled plans for implementing the first updates to the ICD-10 code set. Last week's meeting was the first since the ICD-10 implementation deadline on October 1, which ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Co-Chair labeled a success. "We're so pleased...


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ICD-10 Compliance a Struggle for Some Physician Practices

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

October 1 has come and gone, and nearly two weeks in to ICD-10 compliance most of the healthcare industry is relatively mum on the transition to the newer clinical diagnostic and procedural code set. More than likely, healthcare organizations...

Many Physicians Reporting a Downside to ICD-10 Transition

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A vast majority of physicians report that the ICD-10 transition is having a tangible effect on patient care, according to the social media network for doctors SERMO. Out of 200 members surveyed, 86 percent indicated ICD-10 having an impact on...

CMS Administrator Welcomes Providers to ICD-10 Compliance

by Sara Heath

On October 1, the healthcare industry began ICD-10 compliance after countless months of preparation. In a CMS post, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) welcomed providers to ICD-10 and provided...

ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database Use Continues Past Deadline

by Sara Heath

In light of it being the first day of ICD-10 compliance, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has announced that its Issue Reporting Database will continue operations into the first stages of ICD-10 transition. The Issue Reporting...

CMS ICD-10 Transition Investments to Be Tested Next Week

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shelled out an estimated $116 million to prepare its claims process systems for the ICD-10 transition but the true value of that investment will not be known until after the ICD-10 compliance...

CMS Chief Highlights Keys to Successful ICD-10 Transition

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services believes the keys to a successful ICD-10 transition are threefold — preparation, assistant, and collaboration. During a Medicare Learning Network National Provider Call —...

AHA Releases ICD-10 Transition Checklist for Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new checklist for hospital leaders highlights "key steps" necessary for a successful ICD-10 transition come October 1. Issued by the American Hospital Association, the checklist divvies up ICD-10 transition activities into three areas...

CMS Chief to Address ICD-10 Implementation in National Call

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues gearing up for the October 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline with Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt scheduled to address the ICD-10 transition during a national provider call later this...

CMS Updates Flexibilities After ICD-10 Transition Deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided a lengthy update to its recent clarifications on ICD-10 flexibilities following the October 1 ICD-10 transition deadline. CMS intended last week's frequently asked questions...

WEDI: ICD-10 Implementation Progresses; Doc Practices Lag

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest ICD-10 readiness survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) shows industry-wide progress in preparing for the ICD-10 implementation deadline although physician practices continue to lag behind health IT vendors,...

CMS Clarifies Flexibilities After ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided clarification concerning its joint announcement with the American Medical Association (AMA) on flexibilities following the October 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline. On Monday, the...

Is ‘Safe Harbor’ Needed After ICD-10 Implementation Deadline?

by Vera Gruessner

As the ICD-10 implementation deadline drew closer, more lawmakers began attempting to develop a different type of transition period in which healthcare providers would not be penalized for reporting inaccurate ICD-10 codes. For example, HR 2247,...

Physician Organizations Fear ICD-10 Integration Disruptions

by Vera Gruessner

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to urge healthcare providers to prepare for the coming ICD-10 integration, many stakeholders are concerned that the healthcare industry will encounter large disruptions to...

Major Healthcare IT Topics to Watch Out for at HIMSS15

by Vera Gruessner

With the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition starting on Sunday, April 12, healthcare IT professionals are likely to hear about specific developments in the industry. Every year, certain topics take center-stage at the HIMSS conference....

ICD-10 Compliance, Stage 2 MU Prompt More IT Adoption

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry is on track for spending billions of dollars on health IT products throughout 2015. With the ICD-10 compliance deadline looming in October, most providers are looking to adopt advanced IT systems that incorporate the new...

Survey Shows Regulations Strain Health IT Professionals

by Vera Gruessner

The regulatory demands imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) are likely having a negative impact on health IT professionals. As many as 60 percent of polled healthcare IT professionals feel that government regulations...

CMS Provides Details about ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Weeks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The federal agency is looking for around 850 volunteers to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing activities in late April. With the deadline for physicians, providers, suppliers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies to apply to take part in...

Premier Joins Coalition for ICD-10 as Support for Codes Grows

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Premier Healthcare Alliance lends its support to improved medical coding by joining the Coalition for ICD-10. Despite ongoing opposition from the American Medical Association and certain other healthcare groups, support for the implementation...

House Committees Back 2015 ICD-10 Implementation Deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

House Energy & Commerce and Rules Committees have voiced their support for the 2015 ICD-10 implementation deadline. An important committee within Congress is holding fast to Oct. 1, 2015, as the ICD-10 compliance deadline, according to a...

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