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Disappointment pours in after ICD-10 delay, SGR fix vote

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s always impossible for Congress to please everyone when a piece of legislation comes up for a vote, but the number of organizations rushing to condemn the temporary sustainable growth rate (SGR) patch and ICD-10 delay may be...

Senate passes one-year SGR patch, ICD-10 delay bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without a single mention of ICD-10, the Senate has pushed back the compliance date for the next code set by a full year with the passing of legislation aimed at providing a one-year patch for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Although...

What does an ICD-10 delay mean for providers, payers, vendors?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Update: The Senate passed HR 4302 by a vote of 64 to 35. Read more here. The healthcare industry is perched on the edge of its collective seat as it waits for President Barack Obama to sign the SGR patch and ICD-10 delay. ...

AHIMA “extremely disappointed” with potential ICD-10 delay

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and others are starting to express their frustration and displeasure with the idea of an additional delay to ICD-10.  As HR 4302 clears the House and heads to the Senate for a...

Is healthcare reform bringing an end to small practices?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

No matter the maneuvering on Capitol Hill, the transition to ICD-10 still represents a major undertaking, especially for those with limited resources. Such is the predicament small physician practices find themselves in. Although the...

Senate will vote on ICD-10 delay, SGR fix on Monday

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to official Democratic Congressional floor news, the Senate has reached an agreement to vote on HR 4302 on the evening of Monday, March 31.  The bill provides for a temporary patch to the Medicare sustainable growth rate...

MGMA: ICD-10 delay would increase time for testing, standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

Is the potential for an ICD-10 delay a bad thing?  It really depends on who you ask.  While providers who have spent an enormous amount of time and money pulling off the herculean effort of getting fully prepared for October 1,...

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...

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...

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...

What HIT integration means to meaningful use, ACOs, ICD-10

by Sponsored Content

The integration of health information technology systems and services can improve patient services, but how do healthcare organizations and providers overcome the technical challenges related to such programs as meaningful use, accountable...

ICD-10 updates: Providers must use new 1500 form by April 1

by Jennifer Bresnick

For those providers who are still submitting their Medicare claims on paper, there’s one ICD-10 change that is coming a lot sooner than October 1, 2014.  Paper-based providers are reminded that only the updated CMS 1500 form...

ICD-10 contingency planning: Looking past October 1, 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

October 1 may seem scary enough at the moment, but there’s an entire future waiting behind the ICD-10 compliance deadline that needs to be planned for.  Providers who are on track with their transition activities will still have...

ICD-10 checkpoint: Will six months be enough time?

by Jennifer Bresnick

You’ve heard it a million times over the past few weeks, but it still bears repeating: the ICD-10 deadline is just over six months away.  As the first quarter of 2014 draws to a close, and CMS insists that October 1, 2014 will...

How to run integrated testing of ICD-10, coding systems

by Sponsored Content

Are you filled with dread when you hear the words integrated testing? Do you dream of waving a magic wand and seeing the testing instantly completed? Integrated testing may be tedious, but it plays an important role in any implementation,...

ICD-10 might be even tougher for non-HIPAA entities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Think you’ve got it rough with ICD-10?  You may be thankful that you’re not a non-HIPAA covered entity working in the auto collision or worker’s compensation field.  Being exempt from the federal mandate to move...

AAFP: Major health plans told us they’re ICD-10 ready

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) isn’t leaving ICD-10 readiness up to chance.  After sending a list of preparedness questions to some of the biggest payers in the country, the professional society is sharing the...

Here’s how to volunteer for the ICD-10 end-to-end test pilot

by Jennifer Bresnick

The news that CMS will be conducted a limited amount of ICD-10 end-to-end testing this summer was greeted with widespread approval, but also generated a number of new questions.  Who will be selected for the test?  How...

How are Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10 taxing providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With all the initiatives affecting healthcare organizations this year, being able to balance priorities and resources is must. Meaningful use and ICD-10 are two projects requiring health systems, hospitals, and physician practices to...

ICD-10 is still a “big hill to climb” for many providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

There are just over 200 days left until October 1, 2014, and that rapidly shrinking number isn’t doing providers any favors as they scramble to meet the deadline for ICD-10.  While the HIMSS14 conference in February gave...



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