There was a lot of news about the ICD-10 conversion this week. As the deadline approaches, some are speaking out about what they feel are unrealistic expectations on the process. We're also reminded that there will be a testing period for ICD-10 codes in March.
This week's Clinical Documentation News Roundup brings you the latest on ICD-10 and what you need to be doing now to prepare.
- Halamka: Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10 timelines unrealistic from EHR Intelligence: "The current slew of health IT initiatives slated to hit the healthcare industry over the next year or so place unrealistic expectations on beleaguered providers, says Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka in a new blog post. Between Stage 2 of meaningful use, ICD-10 implementation, the HIPAA Omnibus rule, and the Affordable Care Act, providers simply have too much to handle in too short a timeframe to make everything work the way rule makers hope it will. Certification for Stage 2 EHR products is inching along at a snail’s pace, and there is a serious risk that the majority of products simply won’t be ready in time for providers to implement them and complete their Stage 2 reporting in the current timeframe."
- ICD-10 testing required next year from Government Health IT: "CMS never said no ICD-10 testing is necessary, but that testing with MACs will do the trick. That is what is being planned for the testing scheduled for March 3-7. Given that CMS is setting the date more than three months away, that speaks to how much preparation will be needed. And it's doubtful that the MACs can turn around another testing date between then and Oct. 1. So this is probably it for Medicare testing opportunities."
- Doctors seek ICD-10 shift help from LifeHealthPro: "If the federal government is going to make doctors shift to the new ICD-10 diagnostic coding system, it should find a way to pay for the shift. A committee at the American Medical Association (AMA) has made that argument in a packet prepared for the medical association's House of Delegates interim meeting in National Harbor, Md. The panel says the AMA should 'seek federal legislative and regulatory reform to require funding assistance be provided to physician practices to alleviate the financial burdens associated with implementation costs, upgrades and staff training necessitated as part of the transition to ICD-10,' the panel says."
- Making the most of ICD-10 testing from Healthcare Finance News: "During the National Pilot Program, healthcare providers gained insights into productivity and accuracy. Some of those insights were scary, but that's okay. That test was more than a year away from the implementation date. There's still time to get up to speed. Nevertheless, it's disheartening to read that medical coders forgot to complete claims, scanned test documents upside down and confused numbers and letters. It feels like time is wasted correcting basic mistakes. The only positive takeaway is that medical coders need to be more careful. But we don't need a nationally coordinated effort to figure that out."
- What’s so important about thinking beyond ICD-10 compliance? from EHR Intelligence: "In the context of ICD-10 compliance, getting to Oct. 1, 2014 will represent a key milestone for each health system, hospital, and physician practice that puts in the time and resources. However, it doesn’t mean that the work is done and it’s time to rest. It’s simply the beginning of staying competitive in a new healthcare environment. Until the morning after October 1, the healthcare industry will have its head down, focused on taking care of the different activities that will enable them to achieve compliance. But once this is achieved a new need will take its place. “The world now looks different and they’re going to want analytics that help them understand the ICD-10 data. There’s a big opportunity there because there’s also more data there,” says JaeLynn Williams, Senior VP of Client Operations at 3M."
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