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Five ICD-10 Tasks to Complete by the End of 2014

by Jennifer Bresnick

ICD-10 isn’t going to take a holiday, but providers can take a few basic steps to prepare before it’s time to celebrate the new year. Believe it or not, the winter holiday season is nearly upon us, and ICD-10 is tops on the...

Were Estimates of ICD-10 Implementation Costs Miscalculated?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A team of researchers explains how previous ICD-10 implementation cost estimates were higher than their own. A recent survey of small physician practices and published reports has led a team of researchers to dispute the accuracy of...

Providers Still Lack ICD-10 Testing Plans, Impact Assessments

by Jennifer Bresnick

ICD-10 preparation is still lagging as providers continue to worry about testing, revenue, and productivity. A worrying number of providers are still missing some of the basic building blocks of a successful ICD-10 transition plan, AHIMA...

ICD-10 Improvement for Physicians Requires Fast, Simple Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for ICD-10 is one of the perpetual pain points tormenting healthcare organizations in the lead-up to October 1, 2015.  Overworked physicians are frustrated by the sheer scope of changes that they...

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...

How a Full-Scale ICD-10 Test Helped Flag Transition Issues

by Jennifer Bresnick

The idea of performing a full-scale ICD-10 transition simulation may seem like a daunting prospect to many healthcare organizations that are still trying to get their impact assessments completed.  But for a handful of Cerner clients, the...

Mature CDI Program Helped Prepare Us Early for ICD-10 Switch

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is the cornerstone of any successful ICD-10 transition program.  While the ICD-10 delay has given healthcare organizations an extra twelve months to get their providers on board with the increased...

71% of Hospitals Plan to Have CDI Partner for ICD-10 by 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

Seventy-one percent of hospitals plan to enlist an ICD-10 clinical documentation improvement (CDI) services partner by the third quarter of 2015, according to a new Research and Markets report, to help them meet more stringent...

ICD-10 at AHIMA: Five takeaways for a successful transition

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ICD-10 transition was a topic of much discussion at the 2014 AHIMA Convention last week, and there was just as much optimism as sunshine in San Diego during the show.  Health information management (HIM) professionals are at the core...

CMS Promotes Meaningful Use Quality Measures, ICD-10 Prep

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Eligible providers are in the midst of preparing for two important milestones as far as their health IT is concerned. Fortunately for eligible hospitals and professionals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have given...

How Could 2015 End Up Driving the Move from Volume to Value?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With good intentions, many healthcare organizations invested significantly in preparing to be ICD-10 compliant by this October. However, they now must wait an additional year to realize if their investments will pay off....

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,...

October 1: What Should Have Been for ICD-10 in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Today was supposed to be the second day of the ICD-10 era in American healthcare, finally bringing the nation’s coding system up-to-date. To the chagrin of many prominent associations representing healthcare organizations, providers,...

CDI Specialists Must Creatively Train Physicians for ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) goes far beyond the detail and specificity requirements of ICD-10, but HIM professionals who are scrambling to get their organizations in shape for the big switch on October 1, 2015 have just twelve...

ICD-10 coders can regain significant productivity with practice

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medical coders working with ICD-10 for more than a year were able to gain back nearly a third of their lost productivity after switching to the new code set, revealed researchers from the University of Texas School of Biomedical...

WEDI survey: Delay caused ICD-10 testing to slip into 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ICD-10 delay has negatively impacted the industry’s testing and transition timelines, states the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) in its most recent preparedness survey, detailed in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia...

Today: CMS hosts ICD-10 code-a-thon with 3 hours of Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

If you’re interested in getting your ICD-10 coding questions answered by industry experts, there’s still time to sign up for today’s CMS and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) afternoon code-a-thon, which will include a...

What to keep an eye on during National Health IT Week

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Believe it or not, this year marks the ninth-straight year for National Health IT Week, and as always it is full of myriad events focused on various aspects of healthcare reform through the innovative use of health IT systems and...

Why should you participate in ICD-10 acknowledgement testing?

by Jennifer Bresnick

After the furor surrounding the controversial decision to delay ICD-10 until 2015 died down over the long, lazy summer, providers may be forgiven for thinking that the new deadline still seems comfortably far away.  Healthcare...

CMS announces three weeks of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS will provide three dedicated week-long opportunities for ICD-10 acknowledgement testing in 2014 and 2015, according to the most recent MLN Matters bulletin.  While acknowledgement testing does not confirm that a test claim would...



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