Electronic Health Records


ICD-10 Implementation Vital for Value-based Care Payments

by Vera Gruessner

When the SGR bill was passed by the Senate without any ICD-10 implementation delays, the proponents of the new coding set rejoiced. Not only did passage of this bill bring about a stronger formula for Medicare reimbursements but it also...

Three Steps to Follow Before ICD-10 Conversion Deadline

by Vera Gruessner

If any providers still think there will be another ICD-10 delay, they may be mistaken. The ICD-10 conversion is moving forward and a full implementation will take place on October 1, 2015. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems...

Will ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Affect Hospital Payments?

by Vera Gruessner

The ICD-10 compliance deadline is set to take place on October 1, 2015 as long as no legislation-based delays occur. The ICD-10 transition is bound to affect a variety of healthcare procedures especially billing and claims processing. On...

Bill Mandates Transition Period During ICD-10 Implementation

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare providers who are preparing for the ICD-10 implementation starting on October 1 may be offered an ICD-10 transition period as well. A new House of Representatives bill H.R.2247 called Increasing Clarity for Doctors by...

ICD-10 Coding Implementation Threatened by Partisan Politics

by Vera Gruessner

The outright ban on ICD-10 coding implementation set forth in a new proposed bill introduced into the House of Representatives by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) on April 30 has a fair amount of debate on both sides of the equation. While...

CMS Presents New Opportunity for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing

by Vera Gruessner

Within its efforts to prepare for the ICD-10 transition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminded healthcare providers and payers about a final opportunity for ICD-10 end-to-end testing taking place in July. A group...

Keeping ICD-10 Transition Readiness at the Forefront

by Vera Gruessner

What has your organization done to ensure complete ICD-10 transition readiness? Most likely, there has been training, testing, and health IT system upgrading conducted. For greater information on ensuring a medical facility has improved...

How Can Providers Prepare for the ICD-10 Transition Deadline?

by Vera Gruessner

Even though the latest legislation set forth by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) calls for slashing the movement toward ICD-10 coding completely, there is little evidence that his bill will be taken seriously by the Committee on Energy and...

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...

ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Causes Concern among Providers

by Vera Gruessner

The ICD-10 implementation deadline is set for October 1, 2015 and doesn’t seem to be changing. While previous ICD-10 deadlines have been postponed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) among other federal agencies seem...

What to Accomplish After the ICD-10 Transition Deadline

by Vera Gruessner

While the majority of healthcare organizations are focused on meeting the ICD-10 transition deadline, the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force mentioned last Wednesday at the 2015 HIMSS conference the importance of extending their preparation efforts...

What Resources Advance ICD-10 Transition Preparedness?

by Vera Gruessner

The road toward ICD-10 transition preparedness is often a complex one, as the number of diagnoses codes from ICD-9 are being expanded significantly and EHR technology as well as billing systems need to be upgraded across the board. Keeping...

Senate Passes SGR: ICD-10 Implementation Delays Unlikely

by Vera Gruessner

The long-awaited Senate stance on the new SGR bill was unmasked when the Senate approved the legislation on Tuesday, April 14. This effectively puts an end to a flawed formula for Medicare payments as well as any ICD-10 implementation...

Is the Industry Ready for the ICD-10 Implementation Deadline?

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry is steadily preparing for the ICD-10 implementation deadline on October 1, 2015. While some organizations are ahead of the curve, others are behind and may need additional time to catch up. Survey results from the...

Will the SGR Bill Lead to an ICD-10 Implementation Delay?

by Vera Gruessner

Many within the healthcare sector question whether the ICD-10 transition will be postponed yet again, but at this point in time, there is no indication from the federal government that an ICD-10 implementation delay will occur. For...

Are Physician Groups on Board with ICD-10 Transition?

by Vera Gruessner

Earlier this month, the American Medical Association (AMA) along with 99 other physician groups asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide contingency plans for the potential pitfalls of the ICD-10...

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...

ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Checklist for Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

While ICD-10 acknowledgment testing is available any day of the year up until October 1, 2015, CMS is taking the first week in March to host another dedicated opportunity for providers.  The testing weeks serve as way to gather data...

Five Key ICD-10 Preparation Takeaways for the Rest of 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

ICD-10 preparation has been making headlines on a regular basis over the past few weeks as the healthcare industry finally remembers to write “2015” on its checks only to realize that October 1 is now less than eight months...

ICD-10 Won’t Significantly Impact MS-DRGs for Two Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

It will be business as usual for MS-DRG assignment for at least another two years after the implementation of ICD-10, says an article published this month in the Journal of AHIMA, since new DRGs mapped to the increased specificity of the...



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