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ICD-10 Implementation

EHR, Management Systems Facilitated Transition to ICD-10

May 10, 2016 - While the majority of healthcare stakeholders have fully transitioned to ICD-10, many providers and vendors are crediting the smooth changeover to their EHRs and practice management systems. According to the WEDI ICD-10 Post-Implementation Survey, healthcare stakeholders reported that the transition and implementation of ICD-10 was overall a positive experience, especially with the help of...


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

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...

Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Epic, Cerner Lead Top 2015 Headlines

by Sara Heath

When looking back on our most-viewed stories from this year, we noticed three major themes: meaningful use, ICD-10, and vendor news. Between the publication of the Meaningful Use Modifications Rule, the October ICD-10 go-live, and countless vendor...

Health IT Pros See High Salaries Due to Increased HIT Needs

by Sara Heath

The value of health IT professionals may be a leading cause for their high salaries, says a recent study by HealthITJobs.com. In a survey of approximately 700 health IT workers, the job search website determined that the average salary for health...

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 FAQs Offer Guidance for ICD-10 Compliance

by Sara Heath

As we gear up for the holiday this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent out an email reminding the healthcare industry of different ICD-10 frequently asked questions and the agency’s holiday hours. The FAQ...

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...

Perils of Using GEMs as Crosswalks for ICD-10 Transition

by John Pitsikoulis of Berkeley Research Group

During the ICD-10 preparation phase, many vendors, clinicians, and IT administrators converted their current I-9 environment with an approach that included using the general equivalence mappings (or a version of the GEMs) as the key mechanism...

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...

ICD-10 Success for Large Practices, Problematic for Small

by Sara Heath

Several weeks following the implementation of the ICD-10 code set, the progress of the transition appears to vary according to size of the practice. While many large practices are reporting success with the transition, some smaller ones are reporting...

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...

ICD-10 Implementation Smooth for Larger, Private Insurers

by Sara Heath

Despite considerable apprehension prior to ICD-10 implementation, many larger insurers are experiencing a relatively smooth transition to the new medical code set. A variety of news outlets and industry sources are reporting little disruption...

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...

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...

93% of Healthcare Professionals Fear ICD-10 Payment Delays

by Sara Heath

As ICD-10 implementation draws nearer and nearer, a resounding majority of physicians are expecting payment delays, according to a recent poll conducted by the physician social media group SERMO. SERMO found that 93 percent of 537 respondents...

Preparing Billers, Coders for a Successful ICD-10 Transition

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Like its outgoing predecessor ICD-9, ICD-10 is a code set that plays both a clinical and financial role in American healthcare — that is, it is not a means of recording diagnoses and procedures but also billing and reimbursement. As a result,...

Why ICD-10 Transition Hinges on Clinical Documentation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

University of Missouri Health System is ready for upcoming ICD-10 transition deadline. In fact, it has been ready for over two years now, but a series of delays have at the very least provided MU Health with opportunities to fine-tune its ICD-10...

Lack of ICD-10 Readiness Leads Multiple States to Crosswalks

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made clear in its most recent national provider call that Medicare is set to receive ICD-10 codes on October 1, with all its systems up and running and a new figure appointed to the position...

July ICD-10 Testing Shows CMS Readiness for Implementation

by Sara Heath

In preparation for the October 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have completed their third Medicare fee-for-service end-to-end testing with great success, according to a recent CMS report....

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