EDITOR’S NOTE: Kathy Pride is continuing her reporting on health issues that have been covered in the national news media as they relate to ICD-10. Gender identity disorder (GID) is the formal diagnosis used by healthcare professionals to denote persons who experience significant gender dysphoria (GD). GD is defined by…
EDITOR’S NOTE – This is the second installment in a two-part series on industry reaction to the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the H.R. 2 bill, from which ICD-10 escaped unscathed. For many ICD-10 stakeholders, the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Medicare reform bill last Tuesday was a fait…
Like the vast majority of revenue cycle companies and many physician practices, our readiness plan for 2015 was well-established early. More detailed employee education in the first quarter, intensive focus on client needs, more end-to-end testing in the second quarter, intensive dual coding all year, retesting systems for all 2015…
EDITOR’S NOTE – This is the first in a two-part series on industry reaction to the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the H.R. 2 bill. The U.S. Senate left for spring break two weeks ago, thereby leaving the $214 billion Medicare Bill, H.R. 2, and the Medicare Access and…
As an integrated healthcare system, Kaiser Permanente is in a unique position when it comes to testing ICD-10. In order to become ICD-10-compliant, the company must test from the position of both a provider (caregiver) and a payer (insurance plan). During the coming months, Kaiser Permanente is targeting to test…
Given the recent extension of the ICD-10 compliance date, many hospitals are stepping back and re-evaluating project plans and timelines to use this time to improve their transition readiness.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was…
June 23, 2014

All Eyes on Texas

New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra once coined a phrase that seems to fit our present situation: “It’s déjà vu all over again!” The political fastball that none of us saw coming was whacked out of the proverbial ballpark a few weeks ago, with the implementation date of ICD-10 having…
As soon as Congress announced the latest ICD-10 implementation delay, healthcare industry leaders from across the country rallied together to face the facts (not to mention their collective disbelief and disappointment) and figure out how to move forward. First there was the April 30 ICD-10 Summit organized by the Workgroup…
Although narrow in scope, results from the ICD-10 National Testing Week conducted early last March revealed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted 89 percent of the test claims, with some regions reporting acceptance rates as high as 99 percent, according to CMS. The normal FFS Medicare…