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EDITOR’S NOTE: CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, is holding its annual CIO Forum in San Antonio. The conference continues today. San Antonio, TX: Oct. 27, 2011---Even those far along the ICD-10 conversion path worry that they’re going to face difficult challenges ahead. At a town hall meeting…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article — part one of a two part series — is based on one of three presentations at the HIMSS Oct 12, 2011 briefing. The second part of this series summarizes key points of the big picture presented at the October HIMSS Virtual Briefing. Watch for…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article — part one of a two part series — is based on one of three presentations at the HIMSS Oct 12, 2011 briefing. The second part of this series summarizes key points of the big picture presented at the October HIMSS Virtual Briefing. Watch for…
I had the pleasure of attending both the ICD-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Classification System (PCS) AHIMA academies in September, and I strongly urge physicians to attend a coding program designed for ICD-10. The CM, or diagnosis, portion of ICD-10 has changed significantly, but not as significantly as the…
How the heck do we begin? Develop a project charter! Create a communication strategy template! Perform a GAP analysis! Distribute readiness surveys! List critical success factors! Draft a project management team! Schedule meetings! For those beginning the ICD-10 transition process, taking that all-important first step seems to be the most…
Training healthcare professionals in ICD-10 implementation and usage during the past two years has unveiled some gaps in the way physicians document compared to the way an ICD-10 manual is written for selection of the most precise diagnosis codes. In order to ensure a successful transition to ICD-10, it is…
PrecyseCDI™ and PrecyseCode™ will enable Sarasota Memorial and other providers to focus on CDI and ICD-10 initiatives now to prepare for the future Wayne, Pa., and Alpharetta, Ga., October 03, 2011—Precyse, a leader in Health Information Management (HIM) technology and services, is revolutionizing Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) initiatives for its…
As someone who works with both healthcare payers and providers, I have the opportunity to speak with a wide range of organizations about their readiness for ICD-10. A few trends have emerged from these discussions. First, the larger the organization, the better organized they are and the more aggressive they…
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If there is one constant in today’s healthcare environment, it would have to be that there is continuous change. ICD-10, ARRA, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), never events and the need for improved patient care and clinical integration (to name a few areas) confirm that the healthcare marketplace undoubtedly is going…
Compliance with ICD-10 demands a significant effort spanning many parts of healthcare organizations. According to WEDI, “ICD-10 is expected to be the most costly government-mandated change ever to hit the healthcare industry.” (1) The scope of this transition is daunting. While ICD-9 contains 14,000 diagnosis codes, ICD-10 has nearly 70,000;…
Limited coding resources long have been an industry reality. According to a June 2011 survey by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), 40 percent of respondents said shortages were the result of a lack of qualified coders.(1) This mirrors similar findings from a 2009 AHIMA survey on coding practices.…
I have developed a theory about ICD-10 implementation building on the old cliché that “everything I need to know I learned in elementary school.” Too often we forget those studies from so long ago, but here are some examples of lessons learned: My first three years of elementary school were…
I have developed a theory about ICD-10 implementation building on the old cliché that “everything I need to know I learned in elementary school.” Too often we forget those studies from so long ago, but here are some examples of lessons learned: My first three years of elementary school were…
Some health information management (HIM) professionals will conduct ICD-10-CM/PCS training of coding specialists in their facilities, and many of these professionals will kick off the training in early 2013. However, in order to start ICD-10 training in 2013, these HIM professionals must do a lot of “prep work” – and…
Some health information management (HIM) professionals will conduct ICD-10-CM/PCS training of coding specialists in their facilities, and many of these professionals will kick off the training in early 2013. However, in order to start ICD-10 training in 2013, these HIM professionals must do a lot of “prep work” – and…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles addressing the definitions and differences between the medical and surgical root operations. Our focus today is the four root operations that put in/put back or move some or all of a body part. As per the ICD-10-PCS book, we…
With ICD-10 on the horizon, there’s a lot to think about from a coding, reimbursement and compliance perspective. For a moment, however, let’s take a step back and a deep breath. Think big-picture: what is the goal of every healthcare provider? Being an old vet myself, I know it’s to…
With ICD-10 on the horizon, there’s a lot to think about from a coding, reimbursement and compliance perspective. For a moment, however, let’s take a step back and a deep breath. Think big-picture: what is the goal of every healthcare provider? Being an old vet myself, I know it’s to…
Live from AHIMA Podcast to feature Cleveland Health Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hardin Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare With the October 2013 ICD-10 implementation deadline looming on the horizon, three providers will relate their experiences in the transition process during a special one-hour podcast scheduled to take place 1:30-2:30 p.m.…
CMS has published a seven-page guide to help healthcare providers transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The MLN was released on Friday and contains information in the impact of the transition on a variety of provider settings and services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a set of timeline “widgets” on its website to help healthcare providers, vendors, payers. CMS says the widgets and timelines are in the public domain and that it encourages organizations to “distribute them widely through posting to website and other channels.”
President Barack Obama has declared the week of September 11-16, 2011, National Health Information Technology Week. National Health Information Technology Week is a time to highlight the importance of efficient information systems that protect the privacy and security of personal health information while improving the delivery of health care in…
As we prepare and progress in our understanding of the future ICD-10 coding system, we continue to uncover the differences from the ICD-9 system. This article will review the difference between the current procedural coding guidelines of ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-PCS as they relate to the coding of a percutaneous…
As we prepare and progress in our understanding of the future ICD-10 coding system, we continue to uncover the differences from the ICD-9 system. This article will review the difference between the current procedural coding guidelines of ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-PCS as they relate to the coding of a percutaneous…
When conversations about the preparations for ICD-10-CM arise, some providers have the same response: “Hold on a minute! How can we prepare for ICD-10 when we don’t know where we stand with ICD-9”? It’s an obvious question, but one that’s not getting asked too frequently. Still, shouldn’t practices take a…
With every ICD-10 workshop, seminar, webinar, podcast and boot camp we attend, we learn different takes on how to implement ICD-10 successfully. Common to all these forms of guidance is the premise that one of the primary keys to success is provider commitment. So how do we talk to our…
The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS is beginning to take shape as many providers scramble to prepare for the Oct. 1, 2013 compliance date. While some are just beginning their transition, others are thinking ahead to how they will manage the various challenges that ICD-10 will bring in 2013 and…
Much attention has been given to the need for coders to increase their knowledge of anatomy in preparation for the conversion to ICD-10-CM/PCS. While I acknowledge that there is more detail in these new classifications, I also maintain that the majority of today’s coders, and especially those who are credentialed…
(Sept. 13, 2011) – Plans are underway to broadcast Monitor Monday and Talk-Ten-Tuesday live from the 83rd AHIMA Convention & Exhibit scheduled to take place Oct. 1-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to publisher Chuck Buck. “We’re working on the engineering and other…
(Sept. 6, 2011) – The transition to ICD-10 being made easier through the use of Natural Language Comprehension™ will be the subject of a Sept. 21 complimentary webinar conducted by Dee Lang, RHIT, vice president of product development and strategy for Precyse Advance Technologies, and presented by ICD-10monitor, according to…
Health information management professionals clearly are leading hospital preparedness initiatives for ICD-10. There has been sufficient recent publicity about the potential economic impact on hospital operations preceding and following the implementation date of Oct. 1, 2013 to sober even the most optimistic hospital leaders. Information technology challenges of maintaining concurrent…
In the ICD-10 procedural coding system (PCS), identifying the root operation— the third character in the PCS code—is integral to assigning codes. This character defines the “objective” of the procedure, and 31 root operations are included in the medical and surgical section of the PCS. While some of the terms…
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, having killed 445,687 people in 2005. Coronary artery disease, or CAD, occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart (the coronary…
“The perfect storm:” we hear this catch phrase all the time when referring to healthcare reform initiatives including MU, 5010/I-10, EMR, HIE, ACO, etc. It’s a good analogy considering the magnitude of the storms the Andrea Gail sword fishing boat faced in the real “perfect storm” and the magnitude of…
Talk-Ten-Tuesday, the live 30-minute podcast produced by ICD-10monitor, will feature 5010 expert Stanley Nachimson on its Tuesday, Aug. 30 show. CMS designated the week of Aug. 21 through Aug. 26 as National 5010 Testing Week for trading partners to test compliance efforts. Nachimson, principal of the health IT consulting firm…
(August 25, 2011)--- The post-I-10 environment could feature the shuttering of a number of hospitals, practices and vendors that simply will be noncompliant after Oct. 1, 2013, according to Chuck Buck, publisher of ICD10monitor.com. Buck was the subject of editorial profile in the trade magazine called “BC Advantage,” a national…
Editor’s Note: On a recent Talk-Ten-Tuesday podcast, the ever-popular Billy K. Richburgdescribed the perils of mapping. His segment is transcribed below. I’ve been accused of being somewhat cynical when it comes to anything the federal and state governments do, and I’ll confess there’s considerable truth in that. But today I…
Editor’s Note: On a recent Talk-Ten-Tuesday podcast, the ever-popular Billy K. Richburgdescribed the perils of mapping. His segment is transcribed below. I’ve been accused of being somewhat cynical when it comes to anything the federal and state governments do, and I’ll confess there’s considerable truth in that. But today I…
Sound advice and solid guidance formed the foundation of the recent HIMSS Virtual Briefing: Critical Factors of the ICD-10 Conversion. The audio included five inter-related topics presented by 12 speakers with expertise in the steps required to make the transition to the ICD-10 system. Highlights of the briefing are provided…
Sound advice and solid guidance formed the foundation of the recent HIMSS Virtual Briefing: Critical Factors of the ICD-10 Conversion. The audio included five inter-related topics presented by 12 speakers with expertise in the steps required to make the transition to the ICD-10 system. Highlights of the briefing are provided…
Editor’s Note: On a recent Talk-Ten-Tuesday podcast, the ever-popular Billy K. Richburg used the Rubik’s Cube as an analogy for ICD-10 compliance. His segment is transcribed below. Rubik’s Cube is a puzzle invented by a Hungarian engineer and teacher in 1974. Subsequently it was marketed worldwide beginning in 1980 by…
Editor’s Note: On a recent Talk-Ten-Tuesday podcast, the ever-popular Billy K. Richburg used the Rubik’s Cube as an analogy for ICD-10 compliance. His segment is transcribed below. Rubik’s Cube is a puzzle invented by a Hungarian engineer and teacher in 1974. Subsequently it was marketed worldwide beginning in 1980 by…
ICD-10monitor will report on the HIMMS Virtual Briefing that took last week with a special bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 23.ICD-10monitor contributing editor Janis Oppelt was tapped to report on this event because of her experience reporting on CMS national teleconferences.The focus of the HIMMS event was on the Critical Factors…
THE PROBLEM The key to success with ICD-10 is the same as it is with ICD-9: documentation is everything. Unfortunately, ICD-10 is significantly more complex than ICD-9, and this begs the number one question related to the entire ICD-10 implementation experience: How do I convince a recalcitrant physician to document…
THE PROBLEM The key to success with ICD-10 is the same as it is with ICD-9: documentation is everything. Unfortunately, ICD-10 is significantly more complex than ICD-9, and this begs the number one question related to the entire ICD-10 implementation experience: How do I convince a recalcitrant physician to document…
The ICD-10 countdown continues, as all certified coders are facing the task of familiarizing themselves with the new coding system. With Oct. 1, 2013 on the horizon, many will be preparing to take ICD-10 certification exams as part of certain coding association requirements. Paper and electronic methods are the two…
The ICD-10 countdown continues, as all certified coders are facing the task of familiarizing themselves with the new coding system. With Oct. 1, 2013 on the horizon, many will be preparing to take ICD-10 certification exams as part of certain coding association requirements. Paper and electronic methods are the two…
As we recently embarked on a campaign to update our ICD-10 workshop content, we thought it prudent to conduct a survey that took the pulse of current ICD-10 understanding. In concert with The Frank Cohen Group, we came up with questions that were meant to gauge the current state of…
We are all aware that ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes are around the corner and that, even now, changes are occurring to prepare for the Oct. 1, 2013, implementation. But, are we all aware of the code freeze that will start Oct. 1, 2011, and continue until Oct. 1, 2014, well…
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…