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Just like ICD-9-CM, the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines are a set of rules that accompany the official coding conventions and instructions within ICD-10-CM. The ICD-10-CM coding conventions are instructions for the use of the classification system that must be followed for correct code assignment. And, as with ICD-9-CM, adherence to these…
Cancer registry professionals may be thinking that ICD-10-CM/PCS won’t affect them, but coding professionals are not alone as they prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Medical coding is one of the primary case-finding resources for cancer registrars. Case finding is the system used to identify patients with reportable…
ED. NOTE: This is Part 2 in a three-part series of articles on the impact of technology and ICD-10. In Part 1 of this series I discussed the importance of performing an ICD-10 risk assessment at your facility sooner rather than later. What I have noticed is that some have…
ED. NOTE: This is Part 2 in a three-part series of articles on the impact of technology and ICD-10. In Part 1 of this series I discussed the importance of performing an ICD-10 risk assessment at your facility sooner rather than later. What I have noticed is that some have…
ICD-10monitor is making plans to provide same-day news coverage of tomorrow’s (Wednesday, May 18, 2011) ICD-10 national provider teleconference scheduled to be hosted by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Janis K. Oppelt, a senior editor for Medical Learning, Inc. in St. Paul, Minn. and a member of the…
As to be expected with any wide sweeping change there will be misconceptions and ICD-10 is no exception. We have compiled a few of the more pervasive myths in an attempt to help set the record straight and assist you in planning for the transition to ICD-10. True or false,…
“Insufficient documentation” has long been the battle cry of Medicare contractors conducting claim reviews—and a key challenge for the transition to a more comprehensive coding system was a theme echoed during the recent American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) 2011 ICD-10 Summit that brought together more than 500 health information…
If you're making a checklist of things you'll need as you prepare for the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS, you can scratch off encoders because moving ahead to 2013, in some ways, is pretty much like stepping back into the past. And taking a step farther back in time you'll…
ED. NOTE: Maria Bounos provides a three part series on the impact of technology on ICD-10. This is the first installment.When it comes to ICD-10, are you hiding your head in the sand?After studying ICD-10 for the last few years and talking with colleagues on a daily basis, I can’t…
ICD-10 will provide the U.S. healthcare system with many benefits, including improved public health surveillance, treatment and research data, the means to refine payment systems and pay-for-performance, and new ways to identify fraud and abuse and improve healthcare quality.The enhanced data provided by ICD-10-CM/PCS will allow for more effective tracking…
By now we all have heard that coders will need to brush up on anatomy and physiology before the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS, but why? It’s not like the anatomy and physiology of the human body are changing with the switch to ICD-10.Anatomy is the study of the structures, form and…
About 11 years ago, in January 2000, I wrote an urgent news flash entitled “What’s the scoop on the release of ICD-10-CM?” This article, appearing in a non-physician practitioner (NPP) newsletter published by Ingenix, surmised an imminent release of the ICD-9 diagnostic and procedural coding systems and a subsequent conversion…
Several times during the last couple of years, CMS has published various articles telling us why ICD-10 is so good for us, reminding us that it’s not optional, and addressing “myths and facts” in its role as “Enforcer of the HIPAA Transaction Rule.” But let’s be honest: they haven’t addressed…
ED. NOTE: ICD-10 is the most significant coding change many of our healthcare organizations and providers will experience. Preparing for it will require different approaches for each. A series of continuing articles by Rose Dunn will address how these two entities should prepare for ICD-10.
ED. NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on physician education as part of the transition to ICD-10. Preparation for ICD-10 is beginning to heat up. Hospitals, insurers, physicians and other providers need to ensure compliance with ICD-10 diagnosis and procedural coding requirements by Oct. 1, 2013. It…
As reported by the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) semi-annual 5010 Industry Readiness surveys, there is concern among providers about the 5010 compliance readiness of trading partners such as payers, vendors and clearinghouses. Providers with 5010 project plans are preparing for Level II external trading partner testing to…
The ICD-9-CM classification system does not always provide codes allowing an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) to report the root condition that required admission. ICD-10, with its increased number of codes, will allow IRFs to collect additional details about the reasons for admission. However, in order to assign these more detailed…
Several times during the last couple of years, CMS has published various articles telling us why ICD-10 is so good for us, reminding us that it’s not optional, and addressing “myths and facts” in its role as “Enforcer of the HIPAA Transaction Rule.” But let’s be honest: they haven’t addressed…
ED. NOTE: Maria Bounos provides a three part series on the impact of technology on ICD-10. This is the first installment.When it comes to ICD-10, are you hiding your head in the sand?After studying ICD-10 for the last few years and talking with colleagues on a daily basis, I can’t…
ED. NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on physician education as part of the transition to ICD-10. Preparation for ICD-10 is beginning to heat up. Hospitals, insurers, physicians and other providers need to ensure compliance with ICD-10 diagnosis and procedural coding requirements by Oct. 1, 2013. It…
The ICD-9-CM classification system does not always provide codes allowing an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) to report the root condition that required admission. ICD-10, with its increased number of codes, will allow IRFs to collect additional details about the reasons for admission. However, in order to assign these more detailed…
ED. NOTE: This is the first in a two part series that explores the relationship between Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Linda Kloss, former CEO of AHIMA, may have said it best, “The last decade was about information technology. The coming decade will be about information management.”
The ICD-10 train has left the station….no doubt about it.There is no turning back. The train now needs willing passengers with expectations that ICD-10 is good, that it provides data that will ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Herein is the challenge. Yes, Health Information Management (HIM) professionals appreciate the…
The ICD-10 train has left the station….no doubt about it.There is no turning back. The train now needs willing passengers with expectations that ICD-10 is good, that it provides data that will ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Herein is the challenge. Yes, Health Information Management (HIM) professionals appreciate the…
Slowly but surely, the federal government is making its way toward the cessation of the ICD-9-CM coding system and the implementation of the new ICD-10-CM coding system. Although still two years away from implementation, the wheels of a change this big are moving, and, like all providers, laboratories need to…
(April 19, 2011)---The company that introduced the nation’s first website to help providers grapple with the federal government’s Recovery Audit Contractor program (www.RACmonitor.com) today launched ICD-10monitor.com.The site, www.icd10monitor.com, was simultaneously launched with the inaugural edition of its bi-monthly e-newsletter, “ICD10monitor E-news.” The International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification…
Would you believe that Congress passed a law requiring the adoption of the metric system of measurement in 1975? Would you believe it was earlier? Later?Actually, Congress never has mandated the use of the metric system (or the commonly used modern version, the International System of Units). However… In 1875,…
Would you believe that Congress passed a law requiring the adoption of the metric system of measurement in 1975? Would you believe it was earlier? Later?Actually, Congress never has mandated the use of the metric system (or the commonly used modern version, the International System of Units). However… In 1875,…
ED. NOTE: ICD-10 is the most significant coding change many of our healthcare organizations and providers will experience. Preparing for it will require different approaches for each. A series of upcoming articles by Rose Dunn will address how these two entities should prepare for ICD-10.
There is an amazing amount of synergy being created between information technology and service providers regarding the issues of meaningful use and ICD-10. These two hot topics continue to gain momentum as their effective dates near. These initiatives together will help move our industry towards modified payment models such as…
The director of health information management (HIM) is a title used to identify the person in charge of complex and challenging tasks associated with the management, care and storage of medical records. We all know there is a lot more to it than records, however. We are managing our departments…
Close your eyes and imagine a coding classification system created for coders instead of statisticians, developed with the help of people who actually use the codes! Well, even if you can’t envision it, it will become a reality on Oct. 1, 2013 — the official launch date for ICD-10-CM. This…
A relatively new piece of health insurance reform legislation separate from the ICD-10 Final Rule addresses the important topic of standards for electronic HIPAA transactions. This legislation, commonly referred to as “5010,” can be considered the first deadline in the ICD-10 adoption process. 5010 adopts the new standard for numerous…
If you work in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and have started to hear about the ICD-10-CM, you are probably wondering if this will affect you. The answer is a resounding YES! All providers who currently use ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes to bill for services provided will need to transition to…
“We need to talk.”Those words generally tend to make people nervous, but we really do need to talk about the move to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (hereafter referred to as the ICD-10 code sets). The more we talk, the more we all can contribute toward mitigating the anxiety associated with this…
It’s really too early to begin memorizing the new codes in ICD-10-CM.  After all, you will not begin using them until late 2013.  These new codes will be used beginning with date of service 10/1/2013 (or date of discharge 10/1/2013 for in-patient coding).  However, you can begin now becoming familiar…
In an era of proposed Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bundled payment and medical homes, hospital leadership has the concurrent challenge of preparing medical leadership and staff for ICD-10. This challenge may not be as simple as it appears on the surface, however, and in fact may alter the healthcare environment…
ICD-10-CM is coming! Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the United States finally will join most of the world in using this classification system.  However, we will be using a special version known as ICD-10-CM (clinical modification) designed specifically for use in the U.S. healthcare system. These codes will be used for…
The use and acceptance of non-physician practitioners (NPPs) in healthcare settings such as the private physician practice, outpatient clinics and the inpatient hospital milieu has become commonplace and widespread. For many patients, it is no longer unusual to be evaluated and treated by a highly skilled physician assistant (PA), nurse…
We all have heard about the touted benefits of adopting ICD-10-CM/PCS, but of course it will not be all moonlight and roses. ICD-10-CM/PCS also will usher in its fair share of thorns. One of the most notable but likely underestimated expected consequences is the loss of coder productivity. As we…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging healthcare providers to conduct routine transaction-based testing to prepare for the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline after which all HIPAA-covered entities that submit transactions electronically will be required to upgrade from version 4010/ 4010A to Version 5010 transaction standards.
The scheduled national transition to ICD-10 still may be 32 months away, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) already is taking steps to ensure that things go smoothly.In what CMS is describing as a well-received move, a partial freeze is being placed on ICD-9-CM (diagnosis and procedure),…
Guidance expected to help smooth the pending Oct. 1, 2013 transition to the use of ICD-10 codes now is available to healthcare providers nationwide, the Centers  for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. The 2011 versions of the ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (inpatient hospital procedure) crosswalks, formally referred to…
The transition from I-9 to I-10 is a long journey, encompassing every department and setting. And one of the ICD-10monitor.enews contributing editors makes the best case when she writes, “Why We Love ICD-10-CM and So Will You.” Here is how Sarah A. Serling, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, CCS, ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer…
October 4, 2010

What is ICD10monitor?

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ICD-10monitor is the single most important source of ICD-10 news and information. ICD-10monitor opens the window to a whole new world of possibilities — a world of greater clinical specificity, a higher level of accuracy in patient records and dramatically improved outcomes. It’s been a long time coming — nearly…
October 4, 2010

Welcome to ICD University

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October 1, 2010

ICD10 Resource Center

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Welcome to ICD-10monitor ResourcesYou now will have access to highly qualified ICD-10 specialists plus links to external resources — all in one location, here at ICD-10monitor. ICD-10 Resource LinksCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) AAPC American Health Information Management American Hospital Association Association…
October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

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September 28, 2010

ICD10 Updates

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September 18, 2010

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New changes make for hard re-treading for HIM professionals
New Procedural Coding System (PCS) will affect all inpatient procedural reporting
Everyone is expected to benefit from this sea change taking effect October 2013
While much of the focus is on hospitals, physicians have a significant stake in the conversion to ICD10
The ICD10 coding systems goes from five to seven.
August 11, 2008

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August 10, 2008

Financial

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CFOs are increasing concerned about the ICD10 conversion costs.
August 6, 2008

Compliance and Auditing

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Most auditing committees will be reviewing Best Practices for ICD 10 compliance.