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By Cindy Doyon, RHIA, and Cheryl Servais, MPH, RHIA We often have heard the expression that “I need to run faster just to keep up!” This describes the situation with coding today. You and your coders may feel that productivity is slipping; that it’s taking longer to do the same…
We recently were asked to analyze the anticipated benefits of ICD-10 implementation, and to document the likelihood of benefit achievement and the rough time frame in which benefits will start to be realized. The most salient point gathered from our analysis is that ICD-10 benefits that are most likely to…
ICD-10monitor is scheduled to cover the HIMMS Virtual Briefing taking place Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Standard Time.Covering the day-long educational event will be ICD-10monitor contributing editor Janis Oppelt. Oppelt was tapped to report on this event because of her experience reporting on CMS national teleconferences.The focus…
“Embrace it; don’t postpone it.” That’s one key piece of advice that Dr. Daniel Duvall, medical officer for the hospital and ambulatory policy group at the Center for Medicare, gave to those who listened to an August 3 national provider call sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.…
“Embrace it; don’t postpone it.” That’s one key piece of advice that Dr. Daniel Duvall, medical officer for the hospital and ambulatory policy group at the Center for Medicare, gave to those who listened to an August 3 national provider call sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.…
Provider organizations are preparing to comply with government mandates and concurrent deadlines regarding ICD-10 implementation, electronic health records (EHR) and meaningful use. These programs are highly complex and require organizations to juggle priorities, coordinate training and incorporate various stakeholder requirements while mitigating operational risk. Successful program implementation and adoption are…
The transition to ICD-10 will be a large undertaking for every practice across the United States. The anticipation of the unknown has many people frightened and even considering retirement prior to the transition to the new and improved code set. The new coding system is sure to bring many challenges…
I’m almost sure you all have heard and understand the meaning of the saying “you’re only as good as your weakest link.” If you haven’t, imagine pulling a metal chain from each end. Depending on how strong the links in the chain are, the force needed to break it could…
Below is an example of a liver transplant procedure as well as the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes that should be assigned for this inpatient procedure. Due to the length of this type of procedure, the operative report has been condensed. Inpatient Case Study Postoperative Diagnoses: End-stage liver disease due to…
In preparation for conversion from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding, and in anticipation of the new coding system’s implementation (effective Oct. 1, 2013), providers will need to take stock of their coding patterns as well as review their internal charge capture tools (i.e. the practice superbill) to see which frequently…
As I started writing this article, I thought about the introduction of “this is an exciting time to be in healthcare.” That is what we are saying these days as we continue with landmark initiatives such as meaningful use, EMR implementations, ICD-10, ACOs and others, right? But let’s set that…
ICD-9-CM provides codes for hemiparesis without further specification (342.0x-342.9x) and hemiparesis as a late effect of cerebrovascular disease (438.20-438.22). Fifth digits specify the side of the body affected by the hemiplegia/hemiparesis, but guidance for assignment of the fifth digit, which also indicates the dominant/non-dominant side of the body, is not…
We are in the midst of one of the most challenging and exciting times in the history of healthcare. At every turn there are words and phrases striking fear and tribulation in healthcare providers: healthcare reform, meaningful use, RACs, ICD-10, accountable care, CDI, pay for performance, compliance – the list…
If you want to see an ICD-10 program manager or business lead squirm, bring up the topic of translation from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The ICD-10 to ICD-9 translation topic doesn’t produce nearly the same level of angst due to the availability of the more one-to-one-laden reimbursement mappings. Many of our…
At this point in time, preparation efforts for ICD-10 should be well underway, with most providers having completed at least Phase 1 (“Impact Assessment”) and some having covered Phase 2 (“Overall Implementation”) from AHIMA’s June 2007 ICD-10 Preparation Checklist. As suggested by AHIMA, preparation and implementation planning for ICD-10 should…
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is starting to issue gentle reminders to states regarding the upcoming conversion to the 5010 electronic data interchange standards and implementation of ICD-10 coding. A CMS memo released Wednesday cited the conversion timelines for each initiative and reminded states…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday that it has released four podcasts and a video slideshow presentation from the May 18, 2011 national provider call on “CMS ICD-10 Conversion Activities, Including a Lab Case Study.”
Dr. Ronald E. Mills and his colleagues at 3M Health Information Systems in Wallingford, Ct. recently released a report outlining their study titled “Impact of the Transition to ICD-10 on Medicare Inpatient Hospital Payments” According to this report, “the result of the payment impact analysis shows that the conversion to…
It’s mid-2011. Do you know where your ICD-10 is? You may remember the television commercials several years back that said “It’s 11:00, do you know where your children are?”  The announcement served to get parents more involved in their children’s activities.  We need to be asking a similar question of…
That’s not a particularly shocking statement; most of you probably agree. But let’s consider one small example of what it means. Have you ever noticed how every time someone comes up with some change in payment systems, coding systems, cost containment systems or whatever, consultants (me, for example) seem to…
Technology advancements and government mandates such as 5010 and ICD-10 are contributing to the evolution of systems and processes for payers, providers and their vendors. Covered entities have no choice but to upgrade systems to enable the processing of transactions in hybrid environments to support the latest electronic and paper…
That’s not a particularly shocking statement; most of you probably agree. But let’s consider one small example of what it means. Have you ever noticed how every time someone comes up with some change in payment systems, coding systems, cost containment systems or whatever, consultants (me, for example) seem to…
As part of its continuing educational program, CMS will host another national provider teleconference on Aug. 3, 2011.The last teleconference was held on May 18, 2011 during which time CMS discussed the ICD-10 conversion process currently taking place within CMS, including a case study from the CMS Coverage and Analysis…
VitalWare has announced that it is rolling out an executive dashboard called VitalView that collects, analyzes and reports which vendors are meeting ICD-10 timelines and requirements, giving healthcare organizations the insight and vendor intelligence needed to make informed decisions for business continuity. Designed around the premise that providers and payers…
This is my third article for ICD10monitor, and after the first two I suspect that some of you may be wondering why I’m even a contributor. After all, my entire work history (at least since 1977) has fallen under provider financial responsibilities, and my dominant focus now is Medicare payments.…
Data collected by state cancer registries provides vital information about cases and deaths, allowing others to monitor trends, assess the impact of cancer prevention and control efforts, and aid research in cancer occurrence. When deciding whether a case is reportable, cancer registrars have three options. Non-reportable cases are those with…
When coders for inpatient rehabilitation facilities were instructed to use a code from the V57.xx series to indicate principal diagnosis, there was a loud howl of protest from those who felt that these codes did not represent diagnoses but rather the treatment a patient would receive. It was inconsistent, as…
This is my third article for ICD10monitor, and after the first two I suspect that some of you may be wondering why I’m even a contributor. After all, my entire work history (at least since 1977) has fallen under provider financial responsibilities, and my dominant focus now is Medicare payments.…
When coders for inpatient rehabilitation facilities were instructed to use a code from the V57.xx series to indicate principal diagnosis, there was a loud howl of protest from those who felt that these codes did not represent diagnoses but rather the treatment a patient would receive. It was inconsistent, as…
Linda Kloss, who is widely recognized as a leader in the healthcare information management industry and served as CEO of the 60,000-member American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for 15 years, has joined the Precyse Advisory Council (PAC), according to a news release issued by the company. Kloss was at…
In my last I-10 Monitor article, I presented a case study and an outpatient surgical coding exercise related to a common hernia procedure. The exercise included the following assignments: ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes, ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS procedure codes, and a CPT procedure code. Following the posting of that article,…
As hospitals begin preparations for ICD-10, it should be recognized that a parallel process will be taking place in the physician office setting. Fully integrated systems will produce the benefit of providing integrated education to physicians. In fragmented systems, physicians will be responsible for purchasing new IT systems, providing training…
As hospitals begin preparations for ICD-10, it should be recognized that a parallel process will be taking place in the physician office setting. Fully integrated systems will produce the benefit of providing integrated education to physicians. In fragmented systems, physicians will be responsible for purchasing new IT systems, providing training…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a continuation of an article from Michael G. Calahan appearing in last month’s edition of ICD-10monitor e-news entitled, “It’s Time to Get to Work!” Last month we provided an introduction into how practice NPPs (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a continuation of an article from Michael G. Calahan appearing in last month’s edition of ICD-10monitor e-news entitled, “It’s Time to Get to Work!” Last month we provided an introduction into how practice NPPs (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse…
Time is a funny thing. We often lament about the “speed” in which time flies and yet we can also be incredibly complacent about deadlines that seem really far away. The deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS is one of those distant deadlines that are seen in both lights. On the one hand…
Time is a funny thing. We often lament about the “speed” in which time flies and yet we can also be incredibly complacent about deadlines that seem really far away. The deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS is one of those distant deadlines that are seen in both lights. On the one hand…
With the approaching conversion from the ICD-9-CM classification system to the much more granular ICD-10-CM/PCS systems, there has been much talk about additional coder education to accommodate the level of necessary detail. Many educational programs covering anatomy and physiology are being offered to beef up the skill set of the…
With the approaching conversion from the ICD-9-CM classification system to the much more granular ICD-10-CM/PCS systems, there has been much talk about additional coder education to accommodate the level of necessary detail. Many educational programs covering anatomy and physiology are being offered to beef up the skill set of the…
Three distinguished healthcare professionals have accepted invitations to become members of the ICD10monitor.com editorial board. Joining the board are Brooke Palkie, MA, RHIA, assistant professor for the Department of Healthcare Informatics and Information Management at the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.); Patricia Trela, RHIA, director of HIM and rehabilitation…
EDITOR’S NOTE: ICD-10monitor caught up with Lyman Sornberger, MHA, the executive director of Revenue Cycle Management for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, while he was in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sornberger will present a Webinar on lessons learned in going through the transition. June 9,…
Have you ever noticed how we Americans tend to accept mandates as if they were derived rationally? We experience a tax increase or decrease, and we say “rats” or “thanks,” respectively, and then move on. Gas and food prices go up, and we fuss about the high price of whatever,…
Have you ever noticed how we Americans tend to accept mandates as if they were derived rationally? We experience a tax increase or decrease, and we say “rats” or “thanks,” respectively, and then move on. Gas and food prices go up, and we fuss about the high price of whatever,…
The compliance deadlines for 5010 and ICD-10 are approaching rapidly – Jan. 1, 2012 for the adoption of the Version 5010 legislated processing requirements and Oct. 1, 2013 for the ICD-10 code set changes. While HIPAA industry participants legally are required to switch to ICD-10, the mandate offers an opportunity…
In preparing for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, it is important for coders to understand that the system is very different from ICD-9-CM. Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the case you are coding is an essential component of applying the correct codes. Also crucial is understanding how the different procedures are…
While some savvy and highly proactive healthcare organizations already are starting to prepare for ICD-10 well ahead of the mandated Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for implementation of the new coding system, a more pressing concern for most payers and providers is meeting the deadline for the prerequisite HIPAA 5010. Initial…
While some savvy and highly proactive healthcare organizations already are starting to prepare for ICD-10 well ahead of the mandated Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for implementation of the new coding system, a more pressing concern for most payers and providers is meeting the deadline for the prerequisite HIPAA 5010. Initial…
J.A. Thomas & Associates has announced top-line results from an ICD-10 survey sent to its U.S. hospital client base. The ICD-10 Final Rule sets out a specific date, Oct. 1, 2013, by which all entities impacted by HIPAA must convert to and begin using new ICD-10 code sets.  ICD-10 conversion…
The ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS are coming, and, by now, most of you have at least heard about the systems. Some health information management (HIM) professionals have been certified as trainers, and some already have begun to teach sessions on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, while others are just beginning to review the…
Change is life’s only constant. To that end, the long-anticipated transition to ICD-10 is imminent and preparations are beginning now even though the launch date is Oct. 1, 2013. If your first inclination to this statement is an autonomic sympathetic response (flight or fight), take a deep breath and commit…
Change is life’s only constant. To that end, the long-anticipated transition to ICD-10 is imminent and preparations are beginning now even though the launch date is Oct. 1, 2013. If your first inclination to this statement is an autonomic sympathetic response (flight or fight), take a deep breath and commit…
ED. NOTE: This is the final installment in a two part series that explores the relationship between Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Linda Kloss, former CEO of AHIMA, captured the trajectory of the healthcare industry perfectly when she said: “The last decade was about information technology. The coming decade will be…
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,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is final installment in a three-part series of articles on the impact of technology and ICD-10. When I began to think about writing this article series on the impact of technology and ICD-10, I thought about how I would approach the mammoth task of transition if I…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is final installment in a three-part series of articles on the impact of technology and ICD-10. When I began to think about writing this article series on the impact of technology and ICD-10, I thought about how I would approach the mammoth task of transition if I…
The rumors “flying around” that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay implementation of the new ICD-10 coding systems “don’t hold water,” said Denise Buenning, MsM, director of CMS’s administrative simplification group in the office of E-health standards and services—one of the seven presenters at the May…
The rumors “flying around” that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay implementation of the new ICD-10 coding systems “don’t hold water,” said Denise Buenning, MsM, director of CMS’s administrative simplification group in the office of E-health standards and services—one of the seven presenters at the May…
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),…