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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcription of Dr. David Block’s segment on Talk-Ten-Tuesday. When I was in high school, I was a nerd, and not, how you say, successful with girls. My SATs were great, my GPA was great, and I knew everything worked. I’d see a girl of…
Our summer is now complete, as we actually know the implementation date for ICD-10, thanks to the Aug. 24 announcement and publishing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule establishing Oct. 1, 2014 as the compliance deadline for converting to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series about the author’s encounter with a physician and his staff regarding the clinical documentation of a patient who had suffered a hairline fracture of the left ankle. The surgeon’s voicemail was straightforward and urgent: “Based on your audit findings and…
Qualedix QA and the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) are piloting a trading partner certification program and an ICD-10 testing framework for end-to-end testing. This pilot represents a shared work effort involving test data creation, dual coding, testing and trading partner coordination, with clinically accurate ICD-10 test…
It’s clear that the coder staffing companies, recruiters and health information management (HIM) consulting companies are ready for ICD-10, but will you be? The medical records field is listed as a top 10 in-demand healthcare occupation, with faster-than-average projected growth of 18-26 percent through 2016. With the implementation of ICD-10,…
The comments have been reviewed, the speculation is over, and now we know that the ICD-10 implementation date is Oct. 1, 2014. So, what’s next? How do you proceed from here? What are the different considerations that need to be given regarding a one-year delay? At Blue Cross Blue Shield…
If you haven’t started already, it’s time to get your ICD-10 show on the road. October 2014 will be here before we know it, so physicians, clinical documentation specialists, coding professionals and administrators need to kick it into high gear, now. Here’s the challenge, though: no one can drive this…
ICD-10-PCS, designed for use in U.S. inpatient hospital settings, seems to have many of us scratching our heads as we try and understand how it will affect our current business practices, once implemented. Some providers are hopeful to avoid it altogether! However, ICD-10 will be here before we know it,…