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CDC holds ICD-10 coordination and maintenance meeting

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and CMS will be holding a public meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee on September 24 and 25, 2014. “The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee is a...

CMS officially sets ICD-10 transition for October 1, 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule officially setting the ICD-10 transition date for October 1, 2015.  Asserting that the new date “allows ample time” for the healthcare industry...

71% of hospitals plan CDI partnerships to tackle ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of hospitals won’t be staring down the challenges of ICD-10 clinical documentation improvement (CDI) on their own, Black Book Rankings says, but will seek consultants and service partners to help them make the necessary...

CMS provides updates on ICD-10 delay, dual coding, testing

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is picking itself up and dusting off its ICD-10 educational efforts once again as it ramps up email communications with providers.  After what seemed like an interminable silence from the agency in the wake of surprising...

63% of practice management software purchases are replacements

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHRs aren’t the only piece of health IT getting a makeover in a large number of healthcare organizations: providers are currently ripping out and replacing practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) software in a bid to...

CDI produces financial, clinical benefits apart from ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

With ICD-10 an ever-present threat on the horizon, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have suddenly become all the rage.  Healthcare organizations caught up in preparations for the new code set, ready to pounce on October...

Congress asks for details on ICD-10 delay, CMS plan for 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

Six Congressional leaders have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner requesting more details about the rejiggered timelines and testing activities following the ICD-10 delay.  While CMS has continually insisted that a final...

AHIMA: Revenue, readiness remain among top ICD-10 concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the extra year of prep time granted by the ICD-10 delay, a significant number of providers remain worried about how they will meet the demands of the transition to the new code set, now slated for October 1, 2015, and how ICD-10...

AHIMA: ICD-10 delay shouldn’t overshadow benefits, preparation

by Jennifer Bresnick

While the ICD-10 delay may have produced mixed emotions among the attendees of AHIMA’s April 2014 ICD-10 and CAC Summit, industry stakeholders seemed determined to find success, according to a report from the meeting published in...

AMA inaugurates Dr. Robert Wah as new president

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association has sworn in Robert M. Wah, MD, as its newest president.  Following the departure of Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, at the end of her term, Dr. Wah takes the reins of the AMA with three strategic goals in mind:...

ICD-10 delay a ‘blessing in disguise’ for children’s hospital

by Jennifer Bresnick

Many providers have envisioned ICD-10 as a solid brick wall looming ominously in the distance: an unavoidable hurdle that blocks out the view of the world on the other side.  While the most recent ICD-10 delay pushes back the big jump...

ICD-10, Stage 2 Meaningful Use will challenge new HHS leader

by Jennifer Bresnick

After the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the new face of healthcare in the United States faces a host of challenges to...

WEDI urges “aggressive” roadmap in response to ICD-10 delay

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ICD-10 delay ruffled more than a few industry feathers, but WEDI isn’t letting an extra year of implementation time get them down.  The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange convened an emergency summit in April to address the...

Pediatricians may face trouble with “convoluted” ICD-10 codes

by Jennifer Bresnick

No one is safe from the onerous process of implementing ICD-10, but pediatricians may have an especially tough time with the new code set, says a recent study published in Pediatrics.  The new code set, slated to arrive on October 1,...

89% Success in ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing, CMS Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

Just under 90% of ICD-10 test claims were successfully accepted during the week-long acknowledgement test held in March, said Niall Brennan, Acting Director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, in an email update.  While the...

CMS extends ICD-10 partial code freeze to match new timeline

by Jennifer Bresnick

In its latest issue of MLN Connects, CMS has confirmed that the partial ICD-10 code freeze will continue through the new implementation date of October 1, 2015.  There will continue to be no comprehensive updates to the ICD-10 code...

What should providers be doing during the ICD-10 waiting game?

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than a month and a half after President Obama signed the ICD-10 delay into law, CMS still lists October 1, 2014 as the ICD-10 compliance date on most of its websites and educational materials.  The delay may have taken the agency...

June 4: CMS to host ICD-10 coding basics call for providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decided to cancel its end-to-end ICD testing this summer in light of the decision by Congress push back the transition to ICD-10 by one year, the federal agency has plans to...

Hospitals, Providers Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices

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Looking to build a better understanding of the revenue cycle? The editors of EHRIntelligence.com have pulled together interviews and analysis to help identify best practices in managing the revenue cycle. HIMSS: Revenue cycle, financial...

AHA, AMA respond to new CMS proposal for ICD-10 deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently working on its interim to implement the new compliance date for ICD-10, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) have indicated...



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