Many across healthcare are continuing to move forward with preparations even despite legislative efforts to delay ICD-10. It’s unfortunate that H.R. 2126, has been introduced, as it doesn’t really represent the majority of our healthcare industry, nor does it recognize the many disease management processes that the new code set…
Everyone is anxious about how ICD-10 may affect coding productivity and quality. Although we won’t have specific answers until we’re in the thick of things after Oct. 1, there are plenty of strategies that health information management (HIM) directors and managers can use today to mitigate potential problems. Many of…
With fewer than five months to go until ICD-10 implementation, many healthcare providers and payers have not completed testing their health information management systems. In fact, a number of providers, especially smaller institutions, have not conducted any systematic ICD-10 testing. For all providers and payers who do not feel comfortable…
In February 2015, the American Hospital Association (AHA), in conjunction with Executive Health Resources, launched its inaugural clinical documentation improvement (CDI) survey, “Emerging Trends for Clinical Documentation Improvement in 2015,” to help determine the main barriers to CDI success. Many powerful insights related to physician engagement in CDI programs were revealed…
With the sustainable growth rate (SGR) issue just resolved thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, it’s really time for those opponents of ICD-10 to come together for the betterment of all of healthcare.
Most of those who have been tracking the implementation (or lack thereof) of ICD-10-CM/PCS in the United States are old enough to remember Jim McKay’s melodramatic introduction on ABC’s Wide World of Sports every Saturday afternoon.  “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” became part of the fabric…
Recently I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Healthcare Quality’s Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Not surprisingly, I found myself sitting in on the presentation titled “Making Sense of your Data After ACA and ICD-10.” As a health information management (HIM) professional working in multiple settings,…
Recently I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Healthcare Quality’s Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Not surprisingly, I found myself sitting in on the presentation titled “Making Sense of your Data After ACA and ICD-10.” As a health information management (HIM) professional working in multiple settings,…
Based on theory, it would seem that ICD-10-PCS root operations could be assigned correctly with relative ease; however, practical application sometimes intersects with coding scenarios that make one question the selection of the appropriate root operation. Hands-on ICD-10-PCS practice continually reinforces that only with the practical application of theory can…