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Coding and documentation

May 31, 2013  10:41 AM

Tips for ICD-10 preparation: assessments, training and post go-live

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

Though methodologies may differ, all HIPAA-covered healthcare entities have one thing in common when it comes to implementing the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Edition (

January 11, 2013  11:25 AM

KLAS: Outsourcing coding, transcription helps ICD-10 implementation – to a point

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CAC, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, KLAS, transcription

In a report released earlier this week, research firm KLAS examines the connect – or disconnect – between provider health information management (HIM) departments and third-party billing and coding vendor performance. Ultimately, it concludes HIM departments are gearing up to invest in...

September 26, 2012  1:13 PM

AHIMA 2012 convention suddenly looks a lot more interesting

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHIMA, icd, ICD-10

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2012 convention, coming up next week in Chicago, suddenly became a much more interesting place – from a reporter's view at least – after last weekend's

June 5, 2012  11:46 AM

More health IT initiatives spur change management problems

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Clinical Documentation, Coding and documentation, CPOE, health IT innovation, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, patient engagement

Arnold Bennett, a prominent English novelist and journalist, once said: "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." Bennett could have been talking about anything, really, but relating it to health care is not so farfetched. A May 2012 study by...

April 23, 2012  3:12 PM

How medical diagnostic codes may cloud clinical data analytics

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AMA, clinical data analytics, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, SNOMED CT

The ongoing push for more descriptive medical diagnostic codes -- the alphabet soup that is SNOMED CT, LOINC and, in the United States at least, ICD-10 -- is motivated in part by a desire to improve data analytics for a host of clinical, billing and administrative purposes. However, there can be...

April 9, 2012  1:09 PM

HHS: ICD-10 delay will be one year

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has

April 3, 2012  10:42 AM

For health care orgs, a one-year ICD-10 implementation delay is “optimum”

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
hhs, HIPAA 5010, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation

With the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) delaying the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for ICD-10 implementation, many health care organizations are...

April 2, 2012  12:02 PM

CIOs learning to live with ICD-10 delay

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AMA, hhs, ICD-10

The initial uproar over the Department of Health and Human Services' ICD-10 delay announcement last month has died down, so much so that the...

February 15, 2012  3:33 PM

HIMSS 2012: Buckle in for stage 2, ICD-10, and Fitbits

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ICD-10, Meaningful use

This is nuts. Will the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services get off its collective can and drop that stage 2 meaningful use rule, already? Murphy's Law says it's hitting the wires right as this post is being penned, thereby rendering it obsolete before the "publish" button flashes. But...

January 5, 2012  12:28 PM

Why didn’t ICD-10 implementation bring down Europe’s health system?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA 5010, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

We're seeing a lot of pushback against ICD-10 implementation, with the American Medical Association's "vigorous opposition" at the extreme. Gloom and doom types

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