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July 7, 2015  12:25 PM

CMS, AMA announce plans to help providers through ICD-10 conversion

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AMA, CMS, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness

After formerly questioning how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is handling the upcoming ICD-10 conversion, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will work with CMS on programs and educational sessions to assist providers in switching over to ICD-10.

June 11, 2015  7:28 AM

ICD-10 codes elicit humor

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AHIMA, AMA, ICD-10, Meaningful use

“Struck by Orca” is by no means the most obscure or unintentionally humorous entry in the voluminous catalog of new ICD-10 codes for medical conditions. But it is, indeed, the memorable Twitter handle of the publisher of an


May 12, 2015  2:05 PM

Providers satisfied with internal ICD-10 preparation, eschew outside testing

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation

Most healthcare professionals are confident enough in their organization's internal ICD-10 preparation that they haven't consulted with an outside source to measure their readiness prior to the Oct.1 coding changeover date. Less than a quarter of high-level healthcare pros that responded to a


April 30, 2015  2:31 PM

ICD-10 survey: Physician practice worries ‘a little too high for comfort’

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion

With ICD-10 nearly certainly on its way in October, attitudes toward the sometimes controversial new medical coding system among many providers in small and medium-sized physician...


April 8, 2015  4:06 PM

With a punch list in hand, CMS readies for ICD-10

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, ICD-10, ICD-9

The march toward ICD-10 is on in earnest. Along with apparent solid congressional and industry support for ICD-10 after last year’s surprise...


April 7, 2015  1:34 PM

External testing stats stick out in ICD-10 preparedness survey

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness, Sylvia Burwell, WEDI

The ICD-10 deadline hasn't changed since a delay was signed into law more than a year ago. Just as the ICD-10 implementation date hasn't budged since...


March 10, 2015  10:40 AM

Healthcare spending, EHR market share divulged in survey

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR vendors, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, population health management, purchasing intentions

ICD-10 and population health management are more than just buzzwords for healthcare providers in 2015. More healthcare systems are projected to invest in those two areas than in any others, according to a survey conducted by peer60.


March 3, 2015  11:55 AM

End-to-end ICD-10 testing mostly free of coding errors

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness

Only 3% of ICD-10 claims submitted to CMS during a nine-day test were rejected. There were 661 providers, clearinghouses and billing agencies that participated and 1,400 were registered to test the...


February 19, 2015  1:15 PM

With ICD-10 implementation, the medical industry can escape the past

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
CHIME, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-9

I'm getting déjà vu from ICD-10, and not in a good way. As the healthcare industry marches forward on the ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, 2015, a look at the coding...


December 30, 2014  3:22 PM

ICD-10 testing week numbers muddled by negative testing

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness

Though they were part of a self-selected group that's likely ahead of the game in transitioning to ICD-10, the results of trial claims submitted by healthcare providers to CMS may brighten the industry's outlook on the viability of the coding update. CMS accepted more than three-quarters (76%) of...


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