Clinical Documentation News Roundup: ICD-10 Conversion Preparation Edition

Clinical Documentation News Roundup: ICD-10 Conversion Preparation Edition

Clinical Documentation News Roundup: ICD-10 Conversion Preparation Edition

2014 is less than two weeks away, and then it's just nine months until the ICD-10 conversion. According to Government Health IT, many healthcare organizations report  they're behind the recommend benchmarks for compliance. Budgeting is key, reports Health Leaders Media, and smart organizations have budgeted every step. Finally, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has a new Health IT director -- the position that oversees ICD-10 conversion.

This week's Clinical Documentation News Roundup brings you the latest news on preparations for the ICD-10 conversion.

  • How far-reaching an effect will ICD-10 have on 2014, beyond? from EHR Intelligence: “Of all the health IT challenges facing the healthcare industry in 2014, none will have more of an impact than ICD-10. Even with the one-year delay that saw the compliance date move from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, many a healthcare organization finds itself behind in its preparations. ‘The flares and red lights are going to go off when it comes closer and closer — just like all the other deadlines that are out there,’ says John Whitham, Principal of Healthcare IT at ECG Management Consultants. ‘We’re really concerned about the impact to these organizations because with ICD-10 there is a more significant opportunity to have a real negative financial impact. As a general trend, organizations are probably behind where they should be in terms of ICD-10 planning.’”
  • WEDI's latest ICD-10 survey: It's not getting any prettier from Government Health IT: “Don't look now but the thought-leading report on ICD-10 readiness determined a digression, at least among survey participants. ‘When compared to a similar WEDI survey given in February 2013, the healthcare industry has slipped further behind key ICD-10 compliance milestones suggested in the WEDI/NCHICA timeline,’ the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) explained in a prepared statement. To wit, the survey found that approximately 80 percent of participants will not even have completed their business changes or begun testing prior to 2014. Whereas only 40 percent of payers, formerly seen as the first movers of ICD-10, have yet to conduct an impact assessment. And about half of providers have completed that impact assessment, among the initial steps on recommended timelines."
  • ICD-10: Minimizing the Financial Hit from Health Leaders Media: “Despite the continued objections of some healthcare industry groups, all indications are that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intends to hold steady with its Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10 implementation date. With less than a year to go, savvy provider organizations are planning and budgeting for every stage of the conversion process in order to diminish the economic impact wherever possible and to prepare for the expenses they will inevitably incur. Karen Testman, chief financial officer at MemorialCare Health System, a Long Beach, Calif.–based six-hospital institution with fiscal year 2012 revenues of $1.8 billion, says her organization is budgeting for five areas related to ICD-10 implementation: computer-assisted coding, comprehensive clinical documentation improvement, HIM training, the systemwide IT component, and training and education.”
  • AHA ‘Respectfully Urges’ CMS to Begin ICD-10 Testing by January 2014 from HIT Consultant: “The American Hospital Association (AHA) has sent a letter encouraging CMS to expedite their ICD-10 testing plans to ensure testing begins no later than January 2014 and is made available to all hospitals. Despite CMS offering extensive ICD-10 educational opportunities, the AHA states that ‘extensive, end-to-end testing by Medicare contractors and state Medicaid agencies of both the electronic transaction and the adjudication of the claim will be needed to ensure a smooth transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.’ In the letter addressed to CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, Jonathan Plum, states, ‘testing is not only essential to ensuring that the transition to ICD-10 goes as smoothly as possible, it is a legal requirement under Section 1104 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the ACA requires all health plans (including Medicare and Medicaid) to certify that they are in compliance with all HIPAA transaction standards and operating rules, including ICD-10.’”
  • HHS Names New Health IT Czar from Med Page Today: “New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, will serve as the next National Coordinator for Health IT (information technology), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday. She starts Jan. 13, according to a memo from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to HHS staff. DeSalvo will start at a critical time for ONC as it helps coordinate a number of health IT programs, including the transition to an ICD-10 billing system and continued rollout of the ‘meaningful use’ program for electronic health record usage."

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