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.
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.
Just-released guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services walks providers, clearinghouses, suppliers and billing firms through preparing claims for ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare.
Members of the American Medical Association had hoped that Reps. Pete Sessions and Fred Upton, chairs of the powerful House Energy & Commerce and Rules Committees, would put language extending the ICD-10 deadline for two years into the omnibus federal spending bill.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Dec. 10 issued a statement that it is prepared to hold a congressional hearing on ICD-10 in the New Year.
A massive spending bill to fund almost all of the federal government for fiscal 2015, as reported from committees, does not contain language to delay the ICD-10 compliance date or impose a 90-day EHR meaningful use reporting period in 2015.
An appropriations bill stalled for a half-year in Congress and now possibly moving could be the vehicle by which the ICD-10 code set compliance date is once again extended.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant, a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record system, announced that it has closed on approximately $15 million of an expected $20 million funding round.
New data suggests that the estimated costs, time and resources required by small physician offices to convert to ICD-10 are dramatically lower than initially estimated.
An analysis of 11.5 million electronic patient records in the United States has identified a significant number of people with undiagnosed diabetes.
With 328 days left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2015, now is the time to get ready for the code switchover, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.