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.
Acknowledging that an interim final rule is in the works, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is inching toward definitively and officially establishing October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation deadline.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seems to have set a soft date and a soft announcement of October 1, 2015, for the new ICD-10 compliance date.
CMS's handling of this whole ICD-10 delay has been troublesome, to say the least.
Healthcare stakeholders continue to express their disappointment over the delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline. A poll taken during the American Health Information Management Associations ICD-10 Summit, which was held last week in Washington, found that 88 percent of attendees were disappointed by the extension of the code switchover.
The number of available health information management jobs in the nation will increase by 41,100 between 2012 and 2022, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Healthcare providers that were diligently working towards the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline aren't the only ones hurting from the one-year delay in the code transition.
With a delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline by at least one year, providers around the country are evaluating their next moves with regard to the code switchover.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association will begin to include value assessments when developing treatment guidelines and performance measures, in recognition of accelerating healthcare costs and the need for care to be of value to patients.
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.