Codified data is the prerequisite for both health care billing and clinical documentation. Topics here include: ICD-10, the role of the HIM department in I.T. efforts, data formats and standards, participation in payer incentive programs and upholding regulatory requirements.
The American Health Information Management Associations Certified Coding Specialist exams have been suspended because of concerns over the integrity of the exams.
GS1 Healthcare US, a supply chain standards development organization, has issued guidance for using the standards when implementing the new Unique Device Identification requirements for medical devices.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
It's not much--just a simple statement posted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. However, it appears that CMS has broken its silence regarding the ICD-10 implementation delay.
In a recent blog posting, Kathleen LePar, vice president of strategic services at consultancy Beacon Partners, notes: We have been hearing for the last two years, If I only had enough time to implement ICD-10 correctly. Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right. LePar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.
Healthcare organizations were caught flat-footed by the one-year delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline to October 2015, according to the finding of a new poll by the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The poll of 1,250 health professionals conducted during a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions webcast found that 58 percent of respondents were disappointed by the delay.
Congress may have blindsided the healthcare industry by delaying the ICD-10 code sets for at least a year, but there is real opportunity now for providers to get more benefit from the code sets than they otherwise may have.
Now that the ICD-10 delay is the law of the land, you would have thought that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would have communicated something on the code switchover process going forward. But, a quick check of the CMS website still lists the ICD-10 deadline as October 1, 2014.
The one-year extension of the ICD-10 implementation deadline signed into law April 1 by President Obama is viewed as a "positive credit development" for not-for-profit hospitals, according to New York-based financial information services company Fitch Ratings.
In the era of high-deductible plans, managing patient collections is sure to become one of the biggest revenue cycle challenges. Now, providers must do far more than establish insurance eligibility or qualify patients for charity care.
A crush of events in Washington have turned the ICD-10 compliance deadline on its head, leaving all of us with more questions than answers, particularly concerning what the process will be going forward.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spent many months telling stakeholders that the ICD-10 compliance deadline was firm--even before the agency had done its own testing. Now that Congress, with a push from physician groups, has delayed the compliance date at least another year, it is providers, payers and vendors that were on schedule to be ready that will be the ones being punished.
With President Obama's April 1 signing of legislation into law delaying ICD-10 implementation to October 2015, supporters of the one-year extension believe that now is the time for Congress to get more actively involved in the code switchover. Despite including legislative language calling for the ICD-10 delay in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, they say lawmakers have been relatively silent on the issue.
House and Senate passage of legislation delaying the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to October 2015 is proof that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approach to the code switchover is flawed and CMS must "reset" the process, argues Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association.
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