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Learning to Appreciate the Technology

April 21, 2014 – 2:06 am |

Healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals are looking for the most efficient means to address the medical coding issue of ICD-10 and its effect on their revenue streams. This is especially true now that …

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Waiting for Clarification

April 23, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Waiting for Clarification

A coalition of health care organizations has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator urging the agency to clarify the ICD-10 implementation delay as soon as possible. Many are waiting for that information before re-launching their strategy to implement the newest coding classification system. iHealth Beat brought this news to our attention in their article, “Coalition Urges CMS To Set Official ICD-10 Compliance Deadline.”

Healthcare organizations in the United States are working to transition to ICD-10 code sets that will result in healthcare providers and insurers changing out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes. Earlier this month,  legislation was established that pushes back the ICD-10 compliance date until at least October 2015.

CMS released a statement just this week for the first time since the delay, stating that they would be releasing recommendations very soon.

Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. During this time of flux, Access Integrity continues to work toward the goal, regardless of the date. The current coding classification system – ICD-9 – works great with our product, as will ICD-10.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Integrity, delivering advanced technology solutions for full and complete compliant processing of medical transactions to the healthcare industry.

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Staying Focused on the Goal

April 23, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Staying Focused on the Goal

The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) introduces a significant change to the coding system.  However, when H.R. 4302 was signed into law, it pushed back the …

Sharpening Your Skills

April 23, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Sharpening Your Skills

It is refreshing to see the education system recognizing the shift in the skills needed in health care. Ashworth College has added an Electronic Health Records Management Career Diploma program to its expansive list of accredited …

Listening for Direction

April 22, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Listening for Direction

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about the ICD-10 delay, but none of it has come from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). That changed recently, kind of. On its …

The Impact of Technology on Poverty

April 22, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Impact of Technology on Poverty

Dr. Abid Sheikh’s presentation at the recent XIV Infopoverty World Conference emphasized how digital innovations, specifically electronic health records (EHRs), have revolutionized the health industry. His presentation was titled, “EHR and Its Role in Alleviating Poverty.” …

Time to Train

April 22, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Time to Train

More and more colleges and vocational schools are offering courses, certificates, and programs for their professional medical coding curricula. The latest to jump on board is the Continuing and Professional Development division at San Jacinto College in …

The Need for Training Hasn’t Been Delayed

April 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Need for Training Hasn’t Been Delayed

Despite the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the basic rules of coding will remain unchanged. This should bring a sigh of relief from many in the profession. Trained coders will see a number of similarities in …

Making Good Use of the Time

April 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Making Good Use of the Time

Whether Congress fully understood the implications of delaying the ICD-10 code sets for at least a year will probably never be known. However, there is real opportunity now for providers to get more benefit from the …

The Financial Impact

April 18, 2014 – 2:06 am |

Many healthcare information professionals are very vocal about the delay being harmful to the process and overall technology improvement of health care. But is the delay as harmful as many say? Healthcare Informatics brought this news to …

The Process Must Continue

April 18, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Process Must Continue

The ICD-10 deadline now is over 500 days away. A few weeks ago we were worried it was less than 200. So it is just a number, or are you taking the countdown seriously?
Educating physicians …

Calculating the Costs

April 18, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Calculating the Costs

Physician practices have long been concerned about the financial implications of the new ICD-10 code set transition. A recent report commissioned by the American Medical Association reinforces that fear as they estimate the costs might be as …