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WEDI Seeks ICD-10 Readiness Survey Responses from Stakeholders

by Jennifer Bresnick

With October 1, 2015 looking like a firm ICD-10 implementation date, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is once again looking for industry responses to its periodic ICD-10 readiness survey.  Healthcare providers, payers,...

Congress Strongly Leaning towards 2015 ICD-10 Implementation

by Jennifer Bresnick

October 1, 2015 looks like it may be the final ICD-10 implementation date after members of Congress and representatives from the healthcare industry voiced their support for the new code set during a hearing of the House of...

Vendors, CDI, Revenue Cycle Woes at Heart of ICD-10 Concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations will need to start getting very serious about ICD-10 over the next few months as the October 1, 2015 deadline settles firmly into place as the expected go-live date for the newly detailed code set.  With...

CMS is Prepared for ICD-10 Implementation, GAO Report Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is adequately preparing for ICD-10 implementation to go ahead on October 1, 2015, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published late last week.  Both Medicare and Medicaid agencies have taken the...

84% Consider ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing a Success

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of providers who participated in the November 2014 round of CMS ICD-10 acknowledgement testing considered the process to be successful, according to a poll conducted by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). ...

Marilyn Tavenner’s Exit from CMS Brings Praise, Speculation

by Jennifer Bresnick

After five years at the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner took a bow late last week, announcing her resignation in an email to staff.  The healthcare industry was quick to offer its praise to the...

CDI Moves beyond ICD-10 for Revenue Cycle Management Gains

by Jennifer Bresnick

For some savvy organizations, clinical documentation improvement is more than just another onerous piece of the dreaded ICD-10 implementation puzzle.  While the countdown to October 1, 2015 is certainly at the forefront of the healthcare...

Healthcare Leadership Council Joins Coalition for ICD-10

by Stephanie Reardon

Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), joined the Coalition for ICD-10 to provide support for the US adoption of the ICD-10 coding standard which is set for activation as of October 2015. In spite of the struggles and multiple delays, it...

Hoping for ICD-11 is “Waiting for Godot,” ICD-10 Coalition Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinging on to the current outdated ICD-9 code system until ICD-11 is ready for use at some unspecified point in the future is akin to the endless idle loitering of Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s classic play Waiting for...

Is Physician Fear of ICD-10 Turning Them Off Preparation?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Does ICD-10 have physicians running scared? How can the industry respond to their needs and concerns to ensure a successful switch? There are a lot of reasons for healthcare professionals to dislike the notion of ICD-10.  More mandates,...

AMA Lists EHRs, Meaningful Use, ICD-10 as Top 2015 Challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use, ICD-10, and financial sustainability rank among the American Medical Association’s top challenges for physicians in 2015. The New Year’s celebrations may be dying down this week as the healthcare industry gets back...

Developing a Specialty-Specific Action Plan for ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

ICD-10 resources from CMS can help providers develop a transition plan tailored to their specialty and rate of progress. As the calendar turns over to the beginning of a new year, the healthcare industry begins yet another countdown...

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...

EHR Adoption, ICD-10, Telehealth Mark Top 10 Stories of 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the winter nights lengthen, the snow piles up, and the calendar once again draws to a close, EHRintelligence brings you its annual list of the most-read stories from the past twelve months of turmoil and change in the healthcare...

ICD-10 Delay, Meaningful Use Changes Rocked Healthcare in 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use adjustments, the ICD-10 delay, and patient data breaches marked 2014 as one of the most colorful years in healthcare history. 2014 was an extraordinarily eventful year in the healthcare industry, punctuated by the latest...

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...

Tomorrow: CMS to Host CDI Webinar for ICD-10 Preparation

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will be hosting an ICD-10 preparation webinar focused on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tomorrow, December 10, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM Eastern time.  In...

ICD-10 Coalition Fires Back at AMA Remarks on New Codes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Coalition for ICD-10 responds to continued resistance from the American Medical Association. “Injured in a lightsaber duel” may not be among the handful of quirky codes included in the tens of thousands of new ICD-10 identifiers,...

Will Revenue Cycle Outsourcing Save Healthcare from ICD-10?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Outsourcing revenue cycle activities may not be a sufficient answer to the ICD-10 conundrum. Despite recent reports that indicate ICD-10 may not break the bank in quite so dramatic a fashion as the AMA once predicted, the new code set...

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...

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