Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program begins in October 2013 for hospitals and January 2014 for eligible professionals, and right after that comes the October 2014 compliance date for the ICD-10 code sets. A session during the ICD-10 Symposium on March 3 before HIMSS13 in New Orleans, “ICD-10 and Meaningful Use: When Worlds Collide,” will explore the coming convergence of the two initiatives.

ICD-10 by itself will be a major challenge for all stakeholders, but those participating in meaningful use also will face a transition in diagnostic-driven meaningful use quality measures from ICD-9 to ICD-10, says Stephen Spain, M.D., the session presenter, a practicing family physician and CEO at Doc-U-Chart, a Tyler, Texas-based consulting firm.

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