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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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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 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...

Neurologist Joins Push to Abandon ICD-10 Implementation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The value of ICD-10 implementation is matter of perspective according to one practicing physician. Neurologist Steven M. Croft, MD, PA, sees no value in the ICD-10 transition for physicians as compared for informaticists and billers. "Is...

The ICD-10 Implementation Deadline at Risk Due to House Bill

by Vera Gruessner

While ICD-10 proponents are focused on ensuring there is no further delay to the ICD-10 implementation deadline, a new bill – called H.R. 2126 – introduced by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) calls for completely prohibiting the Department...

Hearing to Discuss SGR Fix Recalls the Last ICD-10 Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As the Committee on Energy & Commerce prepares for a two-day hearing about a resolution to the doc fix enacted in 2014, speculation is beginning to build that another attempt at resolving the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)  could impact ICD-10...

How Meaningful Use, EHR, ICD-10 Implementation Fared in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While this week marks the end of one and beginning of another year, those in the healthcare industry should take note of all that transpired in the previous year to avoid similar setbacks in 2015. This is especially true for matters scheduled...

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...

No ICD-10 Delay Included in Latest Congressional Spending Bill

by Jennifer Bresnick

Lawmakers have not included an ICD-10 delay in the 2015 Congressional spending omnibus. Rumors of another ICD-10 delay appear to be greatly exaggerated – this time, at least.  Despite calls from the Medical Society of New York to include...

Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Hospital groups have written a letter to leaders of Congress asking the latter to avoid another ICD-10 delay. With less than ten months to go before healthcare organizations and providers need to comply with most recent ICD-10 transition deadline,...

ICD-10 Coalition Urges Congress to Avoid Additional Delays

by Jennifer Bresnick

Further ICD-10 delays would risk additional disruption and unnecessary costs for the healthcare industry, the ICD-10 Coalition told Congress recently. The Coalition for ICD-10 has sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging lawmakers not to...

Recovering from ICD-10 Delay Requires Planning and Engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ICD-10 delay may have knocked the wind out of a number of healthcare organizations who had been preparing for an October 1, 2014 deadline, but now that a new date has been set for 2015, it’s time to start picking up the pieces and getting...

AHIMA Leadership Addresses ICD-10 Delay and Implementation

by Jennifer Bresnick

It may come as no surprise that ICD-10 was the primary topic of conversation at the 2014 AHIMA Convention in San Diego this week, considering that the meeting fell on the erstwhile implementation date of the new code set.  October 1, 2015...

CMS Reminds Providers of Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 Deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The first of October will come and go next week with little fanfare. Until recently, Oct. 1, 2014, was the compliance deadline for healthcare organizations and providers to make the long-awaited transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Congress, however,...

CMS seeks volunteers for end-to-end ICD-10 testing in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is on the lookout for volunteers to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing this January. As a result of the one-year ICD-10 compliance delay which was included as part of the sustainable...

Debunking several arguments against the necessity of ICD-10

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In latest issue of the American Health Information Management Association’s eponymous journal, the association’s Senior Director of Coding Policy and Compliance Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, has gone about explaining why various...

Are clinicians ready for ICD-10 documentation requirements?

by Sponsored Content

Over the past two years, hospitals have invested in modifying applications and workflows to fit the demands of ICD-10. And many have ramped up training on the detailed documentation that the new coding system requires. But a February survey by...

Will vendor lag limit ICD-10 success for physician practices?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Whereas many more hospitals indicated their readiness to transition to ICD-10 this October 1, far fewer physician practices were able to say the same. Although both groups are heading toward the same goal of ICD-10 compliance now at the beginning...

How is CMS planning for provider ICD-10 testing in 2015?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Following the publication of the final rule setting Oct. 1, 2015, as the compliance deadline for the transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is revealing its plans for performing adequate testing of Medicare...

Why CMS chose 2015 as the deadline for ICD-10 compliance

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As expected, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving forward with the decision to require compliance with the ICD-10 by the earliest time legislatively possible. In a final rule to be published in the Federal Register...

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