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Lyman Sornberger, Cleveland Clinic Health System, and Dennis Winkler, BlueCross/BlueShield of Michigan, to co-present Representatives of two major U.S. healthcare entities have been tabbed to present a live, one-hour news webcast to help providers and payers deal with the news from both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)…
During the last few years most of us have had the Oct. 1, 2013 ICD-10 implementation date ringing in our ears. It was our understanding, whether we were vendors, educators, early adopters, consultants, or payers, that CMS was standing firm with the date and not looking back. As far as…
The United States is one of the last economically developed nations to transition from ICD-9 to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, also known as ICD-10. The transition is no small task. On Oct. 1, 2013, our country will begin using the most comprehensive coding system in the world,…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of articles addressing the definitions and differences between the Medical and Surgical Root Operations of ICD-10. This is the fourth in a series of articles addressing the definitions of, and differences between, the Medical and Surgical Root Operations of ICD-10-PCS. Let’s…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in of a series of articles addressing the facts, adoption, implementation and the interconnectivity of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use Meaningful use is a topic being discussed everywhere in healthcare today. The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs are providing major financial…
The transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, encompassing both diagnosis and procedure coding, is the biggest change in the United States healthcare system that most of us can remember or have experienced in our careers. Not even with Y2K and HIPAA regulations have we seen this wide or this deep an impact –…
Despite his lost last Saturday in South Carolina, a week ago last Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire GOP primary, capturing 39.4 percent of the vote in an accomplishment many political observers credited to the candidate's use of data analytics to weed out voters unlikely to…
Recently I was addressing a group of healthcare dilettantes to discuss the impending transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and the various processes, staff resources and impact areas expected to be affected by the changeover within the physician practice setting. One person rather abruptly raised his hand and emphatically blurted "Can…