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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just released a fact sheet on preparing for ICD-10. This latest message offers suggestions for providers whose information systems may not be ready in time for the Oct. 1 transition deadline. The facts sheet also attempts to dispel some myths and issues a warning.
Health information management companies HealthPort and IOD have agreed to combine with HealthPort apparently the surviving entity.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for applying to conduct end-to-end testing with Medicare in July. Application forms are now being accepted May 11 through May 22.
Just when stakeholders thought the October 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline was a lock, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that seeks to put the kibosh on the federal governments plans to require the medical community to comply with the new code set.
During a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell faced tough questioning from senators about the difficulties providers are experiencing with electronic health records adoption under the Meaningful Use program and the rapidly approaching ICD-10 code switchover.
Over the years, hospital information systems vendor Medsphere Systems and consultancy Phoenix Health Systems have had a partnership. Now, the partners have merged following a swap of Phoenix stock for Medsphere stock.
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.
Congress during the month of March expects to once again attempt a permanent fix to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula for reimbursing physicians, and a delay in the ICD-10 compliance date could be in the mix, just as it was last year when the date was moved to Oct. 1, 2015.
The American Medical Association in a March 4 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with 99 state and specialty societies, has urged CMS to come up with contingency plans to address their concerns about the potential negative impact of the ICD-10 transition.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has released a new whitepaper providing small physician practices with guidance for ICD-10 testing.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies for the most part successfully participated in the first ICD-10 end-to-end testing week.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reminding providers that they can conduct acknowledgement testing with Medicare contractors anytime up to the October 1 compliance date.
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.