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 Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange since 2009 has conducted nine surveys to track progress toward ICD-10 compliance and is asking providers, insurers, vendors and clearinghouses to again participate.
It will take at least two years for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to have a substantial impact on Medicare inpatient Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG) hospital payments.
If the House Energy and Commerce Committees Subcommittee on Health has its way, there will be no further delays to implementation of ICD-10. In a hearing held Wednesday, the majority of subcommittee members expressed their desire to keep the current October 1, 2015 deadline for the code switchover.
The costs of ICD-10 implementation for small physician practices are significantly less than some earlier estimates, according to results of a new survey by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.
Efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prepare providers, clearinghouses, and health plans for the October 1 ICD-10 deadline are on track, and CMS is ready to process claims using the new codes.
Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold two days of hearings in an effort to find a permanent solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Its also possible that this years congressional SGR fix could include a further ICD-10 delay.
IBM is introducing a new mainframe in a bet that clients will need its souped-up speed and security to handle a surge in consumers using smartphones for everything from banking to checking health-care records.
For providers working on the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10, the governments October 2015 compliance deadline may still seem far off. But it's not.
Health information management vendor Precyse Solutions and non-profit technology education center Vermont HITEC are partnering to offer a select group of students no-cost medical coding education.
As the compliance date nears, testing for the medical code switchover from ICD-9 accelerates.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking approximately 850 volunteers to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing during the week of April 26 through May 1, 2015. To be considered, volunteers must submit a completed application form by Jan. 9.
Health Data Management looks at the year ahead and what it may portend for health information technology. From the legislative battle brewing in Congress over health IT to the growing epidemic of health data breaches to the troubled Meaningful Use program, 2015 is shaping up to be anything but dull.
As 2014 winds down, health information technology stands on the precipice of unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Health Data Management reviews the top health IT stories of 2014 and how events over the preceding 12 months have shaped the current state of the healthcare industry.
Though patient safety organizations can use the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualitys Common Formats in working with the provider community to understand, monitor and reduce safety events, there are particular challenges in implementing them with regard to health IT-related adverse events.
Results from a week of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing in November with Medicare fee-for-service contractors indicates some providers may have more work ahead to master a relatively easy task.