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December 15, 2014
An overwhelming majority is waiting until next year to undertake the code set conversion and, what's more, nearly half of them expect that it will cost less than $10,000.
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'Significant disruption' still looms over ICD-10 April 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Rather than using extra time to prepare for the code set conversion, many healthcare organizations appear to have slowed down forward progress toward compliance.
Top healthcare headlines with an ICD-10 twist March 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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What happens when healthcare's breaking news briefs get fed into an ICD-10 code translator? Read on to find out.
ICD-10 claims make the grade in first round of testing March 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Rejected claims fell short for reasons unrelated to coding, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Meaningful use, ICD-10 can actually be fun February 26, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
ICD10 Fun
Technology helps address healthcare's most pressing regulatory requirements, but it doesn't have to be deadly boring. Take a look at what experts and artists have created to spice up the subject matter.
ICD-10: 7 tips for hiring savvy coders February 05, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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First, distinguish the wheat from the chaff. And don't be afraid to take a calculated chance on a candidate looking to kick that career up a notch.
7 technologies to watch in 2015 January 09, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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For all the great health tech that hit the market last year, 2015 offers advancements and innovations that could transport practices even further. Here's what to keep an eye on during the next 12 months.
75 percent of doctors holding off on ICD-10 December 15, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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An overwhelming majority is waiting until next year to undertake the code set conversion and, what's more, nearly half of them expect that it will cost less than $10,000.
ICD-10 outsourcing just got more interesting October 01, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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One of America's largest health systems established a unit that will enable clients to tap into its clinical and financial expertise, as well as its squad of seasoned coders.
When ICD-10 meets Game of Thrones October 01, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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How could the impending code set conversion possibly parallel the fantasy epic? Banding together to face adversity has a lot to do with it, explains the creator of a presentation on the topic.
ICD-10: Which IT systems concern you the most? September 19, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
This list of technologies ICD-10 will touch is comprehensive, as is the number of tasks that healthcare organizations anticipate being harder post-compliance.
ICD-10: Stress, anguish and outsourcing September 04, 2014 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
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The conversion lingers in "the back recesses of physicians' minds," which means as the clock ticks toward compliance more medical groups are likely to turn to outsourcing options for relief.
ICD-10's leadership crisis: Can CMS step up to the plate? August 21, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The current rift in readiness, and the looming threat that Congress could pull another House of Cards delay, has at least one expert concerned that the atmosphere of deferring ICD-10 work will persist well into 2015. And that could be problematic on compliance day.
New codes coming for advanced diagnostics August 13, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Provision in the Protecting Access to Medicare law should speed up the development of new diagnostic tests while improving reimbursement rate-setting.
HHS chisels ICD-10 compliance date in stone August 01, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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Final rule sets the countdown to 14 months for physician practices, payers and clearinghouses to be fully prepared for the codeset transition on Oct. 1, 2015.
The truth about EHR upcoding July 10, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Prominent researchers examined Medicare billing patterns among adopters and non-adopters of EHR technology. What they found could render fears surrounding widespread upcoding almost obsolete.
Expedited, expanded testing paramount to ICD-10 progress June 05, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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WEDI's newly released recommendations to HHS also call for more transparency in how the mandate will be enforced.
Would incentives speed up ICD-10 readiness? June 02, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Emerging revenue models pose more of a threat to medical practice viability than the new coding standard, some argue. Others say financial assistance would make a difference, as it has with EHR meaningful use.
3 reasons to document for ICD-10 now May 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Morgenroth, CPC - Revenue Cycle Business Analyst at T-System, Inc.
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Even though the implementation deadline has been pushed back to October 2015, here's why you should find the right technology and upgrade without delay.
Will ICD-10 put your practice out of business? May 01, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Industry experts agree that some organizations are not going to be ready due to factors beyond medical groups' control, notably IT vendors.
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Native iPad application adapts to specialty provider's style of practice to produces notes, code exams and procedures, e-prescribes, order labs, print pathology requisitions and more.

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Training, testing, tools crucial for ICD-10 transition April 03, 2015 | Arlene F. Baril, MHA, RHIA, CHC - Senior Director of Reimbursement and Advisory Services for Altegra Health
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Proper preparation will equip your practice for shifting payment models that reimburse for care quality performance and cost control.
ICD-10: Navigating the codes that matter February 02, 2015 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
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The right approach -- identifying relevant codes with increased complexity -- will set you up for peak performance after the October transition.
How voice dictation can ease ICD-10, meaningful use burdens January 12, 2015 | Marsha Taicher - Vice President and Director of Sales for Speech Processing Solutions North America
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The spoken voice is often underutilized in practices of all sizes and specialties. Here's how dictation can be ramped up to help you comply with MU and ICD-10 requirements.
5 essentials of ICD-10 planning December 17, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The conversion planning process must address concerns other than billing and coding. Don't overlook these areas.
8 ways to avoid and outlast ICD-10 reimbursement delays December 09, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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It's a hard pill for practices to swallow, being asked to operate with curtailed revenue for six months following the implementation of ICD-10. That said, reimbursement delays needn't spell out doom for providers — not if they consider these steps.
How to turn ICD-10 into an ROI opportunity November 26, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A few basic steps will move your practice into better position to handle the coding transition. If you've been skeptical about moving ahead, consider that you'll be improving your revenue cycle — regardless of what may happen in Washington.
Steps to better claims management October 22, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
With one out of every five claims being improperly processed, medical practices can avoid leaving money on the table. Here's a look at some of the tools and techniques for preventing denials in the first place.
How to get going with ICD-10 implementation September 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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You're just one year away from the code set conversion. This plan of action will get your practice started right away.
ICD-10: Will your coders stick around? August 28, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Today's staff could be lured by competitors desperate for their expertise and, as such, willing to pay more or offer other perks. Why practices should use ICD-10 as a retention strategy.
Checklist: Calculating ICD-10 costs August 22, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Follow these guidelines to figure out how much your practice will have to spend complying with the new code sets.
A look inside CMS' new ICD-10 tools August 20, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Medical Practice Insider watched the videos so you don't have to, highlighting the good parts and telling you what to skip -- plenty of both.
Get a leg up on shoddy claims denials August 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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As electronic remittance advice transactions gain prominence, providers can use the process to their advantage when bringing up issues with insurer claims responses.
How to win ICD-10 friends and influence physicians August 12, 2014 | Andy Arends - Managing Principal, Health Plan Innovation and Consulting at Dell Services
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The physician-health plan relationship needn't be adversarial. Collaborative preparation will alleviate administrative hassles and lower costs.
3 beliefs about ICD-10 that are more legend than fact July 31, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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AHIMA counters some of most commonly held misunderstandings surrounding the code set transition.
Do's and don'ts of dual coding July 21, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outline when you should expect to use dual coding and when your practice should steer clear.
Forge ahead with payers on the ICD-10 transition June 23, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The compliance deadline may seem like a long way off, but there's no reason to delay certain steps that will strengthen your relationships with payers.
6 ways to benefit from the ICD-10 delay June 06, 2014 | William McElmurry - Senior Vice President and Vertical Practice Leader at SoftServe, Inc.
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After reassessing your implementation and support plans, you may need to add volume to critical tasks such as staff training, financial modeling and tech readiness.
The core basics of ICD-10 planning May 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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If you haven't done anything yet to prepare for the ICD-10 transition, start with these 3 fundamental steps.
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.

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ICD-10 roundup: Best strategy, coding poll and a hurdle cleared April 23, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
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Should HHS grant ICD-10 hardship exemptions? February 26, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A Congressman asks the Health and Human Services Secretary to extend help to small physician groups unable to afford the conversion.
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The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
ICD-10 roundup: Payer, government and vendor perspectives February 11, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
ICD-10 front and center in Washington February 10, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A briefing and Congressional hearing this week should help policymakers gauge the readiness of physicians and other stakeholders to take on the code set transition.
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The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
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What to know now about the code set conversion.
Roundup: ICD-10 news of the week January 06, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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What to know now about the code set conversion.
Battle lines drawn on ICD-10 implementation December 01, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Opposing forces ramp up lobbying and social media efforts and raise the possibility of a delay being amended to other healthcare legislation.
What will the ICD-10 conversion really cost a small practice? November 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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With widely varying estimates coming from different sources, it's time to apply guidelines to your own situation.
ICD-10 could cost a lot less than you think November 17, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Despite hefty projected costs, new research suggests that ICD-10 implementation might be closer to $5,000, or even less, for a small practice.
What to watch regarding another ICD-10 delay November 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Among the myriad unknowns are a fistful of political warning signs that medical practices should keep an eye on in the months ahead.
Wait, did the AMA just point out a benefit to ICD-10? November 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Between the lines of the American Medical Association's roster of ICD-10 codes for Halloween is a surprising revelation about potential benefits the new code sets could bring.
Getting a handle on ICD-10 costs October 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Here's an overview of the main areas where you'll need to allocate resources.
ICD-10 going to hurt providers way more than IT vendors October 14, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The perhaps ugly truth is that providers who fail to prepare for ICD-10 have a lot at stake, notably money. IT vendors? Well, they don't have a mandate to comply with the new code sets.

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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.

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