Will inexperience turn the dawn of ICD-10 into a blackout?
February 25, 2014
While ICD-10 isn't lacking in new codes, it does have one blaring deficit: experienced users. And that could mean a blackout period of approximately 90 days when the new coding standard goes live.

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Will doctors put off ICD-10 to the last minute ... again? April 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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While small practices breathed a sigh of relief with the delay to ICD-10 compliance, a culture of procrastination could be taking hold.
Coalition for ICD-10 to HHS: Name the new deadline April 15, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Saying the delay will be costly and disruptive, a group of associations and vendors leans on Health and Human Services to ease the uncertainty.
ICD-10: How best to proceed now April 07, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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It may be tempting to shift the massive project to the back of your mind but, instead, these tactics for identifying and mitigating threats to your revenue can be done well ahead of the compliance deadline and pay off once it comes.
The inevitabilities of ICD-10 still hard to outrun March 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The inevitabilities of ICD-10 still hard to outrun
Even with ICD-10 getting pushed back to 2015, doctors will be tasked with many of the same burdens ... and then some.
Tip sheets for keeping ICD-10 on track March 28, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Tip sheets for keeping ICD-10 on track
From embarking on the project all the way through to preventing cash flow disruptions post-compliance, practices can employ these guides to make the transition easier.
What will Congress do next in SGR fix saga? March 28, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
What will Congress do next in SGR fix saga?
If ICD-10 implementation is delayed one more year, it will be because of nothing that has anything to do with ICD-10 codes.
ICD-10 testing with or without CMS March 10, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Time for ICD-10 testing with or without CMS
CMS kicked off its ICD-10 testing last week and it has more plans ahead. But even practices that don’t get into that game can pick up other testing on their own. Here are some of those options.
Don't expect ICD-9 codes to vanish come October March 05, 2014 | Erik Newlin - Director of National Standards Consulting at Xerox State Healthcare, LLC
Don't expect ICD-9 codes to vanish come October
The business continuity of your practice will depend on being able to live with ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes even after the compliance deadline.
CMS resource helps small practices pave the way for ICD-10 February 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS resource helps small practices pave the way for ICD-10
As a means to help small and medium-sized practices get back on track with ICD-10, CMS has developed 'Road to 10' -- a free, five-step online resource that includes clinical scenarios and common codes for an array of specialties including primary care and orthopedics.
Will inexperience turn the dawn of ICD-10 into a blackout? February 25, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Will inexperience turn the dawn of ICD-10 into a blackout?
While ICD-10 isn't lacking in new codes, it does have one blaring deficit: experienced users. And that could mean a blackout period of approximately 90 days when the new coding standard goes live.
Nailing ICD-10 on a tight budget February 24, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
5 tips for complying with ICD-10 on a tight budget
The good news for practices with limited finances is that there are a fistful of things to spend on that can go a long way.
CMS lays out ICD-10 testing timeline February 21, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS lays out ICD-10 testing timeline
The agency will work with volunteer providers in what it deems a representative sample. AMA holds steady in urging reconsideration of the transition mandate.
CMS to run end-to-end ICD-10 testing. Now what? February 20, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media, Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS to run end-to-end ICD-10 testing. Now what?
What the agency and testing providers learn could be very valuable to practices making the code set conversion.
What AMA wants CMS to do about payment policy and ICD-10 February 17, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
What AMA wants CMS to do about payment policy and ICD-10
If small practices and large providers must comply with ICD-10, the association contends, at least help them avoid predictable payment disruptions.
ICD-10 implementation estimate nearly triples February 12, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
ICD-10 cost estimate nearly triples for small practices
A newly released update to the landmark 2008 Nachimson study says two-thirds of practices would fall in the upper range of cost projections.
Practices way behind with ICD-10 prep February 06, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Practices way behind with ICD-10 prep
The latest MGMA report urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish testing schedules, payment policies and readiness levels for physician practices.
Consortium launches statewide ICD-10 testing February 05, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Mass. consortium launches statewide ICD-10 testing
The initiative will help Massachusetts providers assess their ability to send and receive ICD-10 claims while examining inherent practice risks in terms of operational efficiency and financial stability.
Half of practices holding out for ICD-10 delay January 27, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Half of practices holding out for ICD-10 delay
A disconcertingly large percentage of medical practices are gambling that the compliance deadline will be pushed back again.
AMA wants to know: Will IT vendors be ready for ICD-10? January 15, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
AMA wants to know: Will IT vendors be ready for ICD-10?
The association perhaps most opposed to the code set conversion launched a survey to determine if EHR and practice management makers will deliver software updates on time. The problem? They're asking the wrong people.
ICD-10: A physician's biggest burden January 09, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
ICD-10: A physician's biggest burden
The much larger set of codes alone would be enough to make medical practices concerned, but the price tag of making the conversion is the real eye-opener.

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10 takeaways for improved ICD-10 preparation April 21, 2014 | Mike Patel - CEO, Meditab Software
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The delayed ICD-10 deadline creates a golden opportunity to set the groundwork for a successful transition. These tips will get you started.
The good, bad and otherwise of the ICD-10 delay April 15, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
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Industry experts share perspectives on what ICD-10 being pushed back means for small and midsize physician groups.
Strategies for a successful ICD-10 transition April 08, 2014 | Joel Young - CEO, Regional Urology
Strategies for a successful ICD-10 transition
Here's how a 17-provider practice plans to keep the momentum going despite the delayed compliance deadline.
ICD-10 preparations to help you avoid financial hardship later March 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 preparations to help you avoid financial hardship later
You may not have cash reserves or a credit line to tap after Oct. 1. Here's what you can do now to survive claims payment disruption after the code set transition.
CMS seeks volunteers for ICD-10 end-to-end testing March 14, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS seeks volunteers for ICD-10 end-to-end testing
500 submitters will make up a nationwide sample aimed at uncovering pre-implementation issues. You have until March 24 to submit an application.
ICD-10: What to test today March 13, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
What you should learn from ICD-10 testing
Assembling real-world testing cases now can validate that payers will be able to process your claims when the new code set kicks in. Here's how.
What to ask your ICD-10 trading partners today February 14, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
What to ask your ICD-10 trading partners today
Open communications will go a long way toward keeping business on track. Directing these questions to payers, clearinghouses and existing vendors can start that discussion.
Training roadblocks to ICD-10 February 11, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Planning how to navigate these areas now will save medical practices effort, and potentially expense, down the road.
10 things to know now about ICD-10 January 30, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
10 things to know now about ICD-10
Use this list as a starting point to branch off into more detailed research and preparation for the coming code set transition.
How to ensure your EHR is ICD-10-ready January 28, 2014 | Jonathan Conley - Product Manager at Emdeon
5 tips to ensure your EHR is ICD-10-ready
Look closely at the "touch points" between clinical and coding systems. But also examine your ability to participate in emerging reimbursement models.
Conducting an ICD-10 impact assessment January 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
How to conduct an ICD-10 impact assessment
For procrastinating physicians, it's time to figure out how your practice will be affected by ICD-10 coding. Following this plan will help you get started.
How to prevent ICD-10 miscoding mishaps January 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Technology provides a way to chart your most utilized and billed procedures.
3 tasks that will get you 80 percent of the way to ICD-10 January 08, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
3 tasks that will get you 80 percent of the way to ICD-10
There’s still time to meet the mandate and even use the conversion to optimize aspects of your practice. Just not very much.
ICD-10 is imminent: Are you ready? January 07, 2014 | Michael Sherling, MD - Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Modernizing Medicine
ICD-10 is imminent: Are you ready?
ICD-10 will be either a benefit or a deficit to medical groups, depending on how well the transition is planned. Follow these recommendations to ensure that your practice capitalizes.
Where to watch for ICD-10 developments January 03, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Instead of trying to predict what might happen with the coding set transition in 2014, keep astride with knowledge from key sources.
Tips for early ICD-10 readiness January 02, 2014 | Xavier E. Martinez
Tips for early ICD-10 readiness
Dual coding prior to the transition deadline brings some clear advantages -- but also possible challenges -- to practice operations.
Is your EHR ready for ICD-10? December 27, 2013 | Jonathan Conley - Product Manager at Emdeon
Is your EHR ready for ICD-10?
And is your staff prepared to use the technology to its fullest? These five tips will help you accomplish an orderly transition.
How to ease the transition to ICD-10 December 23, 2013 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
Easing the transition to ICD-10
There are some things you should be doing now that will pay ongoing dividends in terms of being prepared for the code set change.
Brace for these 4 billing revisions in 2014 December 17, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
Brace for these 4 billing revisions in 2014
Planning now for these impacts can help keep your revenue stream healthy in the coming year.
Free resources to help meet the fast-approaching ICD-10 deadline December 03, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Free resources to help meet the fast-approaching ICD-10 deadline
CMS has built out its arsenal of materials for the ICD-10 conversion. Here's a look at what's available.

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How to prevent another ICD-10 delay April 10, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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We need to have more compelling arguments for implementing ICD-10 coding.
Would you support ICD-10 delay to avert physician pay cut? March 26, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media, Frank Irving - Editor
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When the House votes Thursday on the SGR fix, the proposed legislation includes language pushing back ICD-10. It’s likely to pass the House and might even make it through the Senate, too.
ICD-10 Testing Week going on now March 04, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Participating providers will receive electronic acknowledgement indicating whether submitted test claims were accepted or rejected.
Avoiding productivity losses with ICD-10 February 19, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Conventional wisdom says that too many ICD-10 codes will make it harder for clinicians and medical coders to do their jobs. Here's what practices can do to mitigate the damage.
Top 5 Medical Practice Insider stories for January February 04, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Given that we're only eight months away from a crucial compliance deadline, last month's hot topics may not come as a surprise.
Who’s resisting ICD-10 progress? January 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Results of a readiness study published this week paint a comical picture of minor defiance.
Don't expect ICD-10 deadline to move, too December 10, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Don't expect ICD-10 deadline to move, too
It had to happen. Oct 1, 2014 was going to be just too much for providers of all sizes and levels of IT savvy.
Tune up your practice for today and tomorrow November 25, 2013 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
Tune up your practice for today and tomorrow
The financial and operational side of healthcare is shifting rapidly on a number of fronts.
Add intentional gila monster bites to list of zany ICD-10 codes November 14, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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You've heard about ICD-10 codes for animal encounters, no doubt, but this is one is new to me. And it's very specific.
When standard ICD-10 testing is not enough November 04, 2013 | Bob Witkop - Director of the Quality Management Office for CTG Health Solutions
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While testing may produce desired and expected functional and technical results, organizations must also be prepared for an iterative learning and improvement process.
What does ICD-10 have to do with HealthCare.gov problems? October 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Someone who really hates ICD-10 codes is going to get in touch with politicians who really hate Obamacare. Facts won't matter then.
Is contingency planning part of your ICD-10 transition? August 27, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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If you are not ready by Oct. 1, 2014, will you be prepared to not get reimbursed on claims for several weeks, if not months? It all boils down to having money -- either through savings or credit -- on hand.
Tax planning for 2013 August 19, 2013 | Tom McGuinness, CPA, CVA - Founding Partner, Reimer, McGuinness & Associates, P.C., Marc H. Lion, CPA, CFP - Founding Member, Lion & Co., CPAs LLP
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If you haven't already run a 2013 tax projection based upon 2012 income, it's time to do so now.
How to prepare queries for ICD-10 coding July 11, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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There are four basic principles that medical coders need to embrace if they're going to coax -- not coerce -- specific information on patient encounters from physicians.
The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation July 01, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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A recent survey revealed reliance on unspecific diagnoses with ICD-9 coding. That's not going to work well with ICD-10-CM coding.
AMA refuses to accept ICD-10 implementation again June 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The AMA does not want healthcare payers to deny medical claims because of medical coding error or use of not-so-specific medical codes.
The lowdown on ICD-10 end-to-end testing June 12, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Getting ready for ICD-10 testing is going to require more than getting a good night's sleep and two No. 2 pencils.
Why doctors should be glad there will be so many ICD-10 codes May 31, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
If researchers could sift through ICD codes, they could find data to support medical theories and improve lives.
Apparently the HIPAA 5010 transition isn't over May 23, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
It surprises me that more than a year after the HIPAA 5010 deadline, some healthcare providers are figuring out that they can't rely on clearinghouses.
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I have to wonder if practice isn't a compelling enough reason for medical offices of all sizes to try dual coding.
MEGAS and Unicor Medical merge to form unified Alpha II company April 22, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
Twenty-year partnership between health information technology firms matures into formal corporate merger.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that SummaCare has selected its Health Language applications to aid with the complex transition to ICD-10. As part of its readiness strategies for the approaching deadlines, the health insurance company will leverage LEAP I-10 and Provider Friendly Terminologies to ensure successful compliance.
Package Designed to be Non-Disruptive to Revenue Cycle.
Navicure Reports Record-Breaking Growth in Third Quarter October 17, 2013 | Industry Release
Increase in new bookings attributed to company’s product and service leadership along with ICD-10 preparedness.
Amphion Medical Solutions, a leading provider of advanced transcription and coding solutions and services, makes the transition to ICD-10 more manageable with its innovative, fast-paced webinar series featuring tips and best practices from AHIMA-approved trainers.
Through its partnership with HealthStream, Precyse University, the most innovative, complete and widely adopted on-site, online and mobile ICD-10 education solution, has launched a powerful and unique ICD-10 education program for the physician office/ambulatory market.
Company Committed to Maintain and Improve Higher than 98% Average First-Pass Claims Acceptance Rate Through ICD-10; Robust, Proactive Approach Demonstrates Commitment to Client Base.
Elsevier’s MC Strategies, a leader in providing eLearning solutions to more than 1,300 healthcare organizations, today announced the continued development of its ICD-10 Roadmap with the introduction of new curricula, including a comprehensive clinical documentation curriculum.
Veridex, LLC announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will determine payment rates for two new Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes for circulating tumor cell (CTC) testing. CPT codes are assigned by the American Medical Association (AMA) to medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to communicate uniform information about medical services and procedures among physicians, patients, payers and others for administrative, financial, and analytical purposes.
Alpha II, a leader in healthcare coding, compliance and reimbursement, announced today that iMed Software of Lafayette, La. has selected Alpha II’s CodeWizard software to ensure accurate coding and compliance. Alpha II’s technology has been integrated with iMedEMR to generate evaluation and management (E&M) codes to deliver a more decisive calculation based on history, exam and medical decision making information obtained from medical records.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced that MDeverywhere, a provider of physician revenue cycle management services, has selected its Language Engine (LE) and provider friendly terminology (PFT). MDeverywhere will integrate the HLI software with its Web-based charge capture software to make it easier for clinicians to record diagnoses and problems, while supporting standardized terminologies such as SNOMED CT and ICD-10.
In order to receive reimbursement for patient claims, U.S. healthcare providers must begin using a revised global system for classifying medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by Oct. 1, 2014.  While more than two years sounds like plenty of time to implement a new system, the number of possible diagnostic codes will increase dramatically from 14,000 to 68,000, while the number of inpatient codes will increase from 4,000 to 87,000. Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., suggests steps that providers can implement ahead of the conversion deadline for a smoother transition.
A new ICD-10 financial impact analysis tool and comprehensive ICD-10 financial impact consulting services are the latest additions to the full suite of ICD-10 transition planning solutions offered by 3M Health Information Systems. The new software and services are designed to help healthcare organizations analyze the reimbursement impact of ICD-10 in order to identify and target critical revenue and operational impact areas for improvement.
DataMetrix, a medical auditing and data mining company founded by one of the original authors of today’s Certified Medical Audit Specialist exam, recently introduced an ICD-10 training seminar created exclusively for health plan clinical review staff. The first of several scheduled sessions, the DataMetrix course received high marks from participants according to Chief Executive Officer Mary Jane LaBelle.
A substantial part of physicians' office overhead is related to providing codes for insurance claims. And a major part of the revenue of the American Medical Association (AMA) is derived from its exclusive copyright on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes required on Medicare claims.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced its partnership with Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., to offer enterprise-wide ICD-10 remediation services. Through this collaboration, Siemens customers will be able to meet ICD-10 compliance more efficiently by using HLI’s LEAP I-10 tool.
AAPC (www.aapc.com), a leader in enabling the business side of medicine, announced the CPPM™ (Certified Physician Practice Manager) credential. This advanced certification is designed for practice managers wanting to validate their expertise, and for those with strong coding/billing experience who are ready to advance their careers in practice management.
MedAptus®, the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced that it has selected Intelligent Medical Objects' IMO® Problem (IT)™ search engine for integration in its Professional Charge Capture solution. This advanced search capability will provide clinical end-users of MedAptus with a rapid diagnosis search experience along with a higher degree of search accuracy when completing charge documentation using the ICD-10 code set.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, announced an expansion of its relationship with ExitCare, LLC, an enterprise-wide solution for patient education.

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