Close to 200 AHIMA members participated in the 2012 AHIMA Capitol Hill Day, which took place in Washington D.C. in March. Watch the video for a slideshow of images from the 2012 AHIMA Hill Day.
An article in Health Affairs titled “There Are Important Reasons For Delaying the Implementation Of The New ICD-10 Coding System” asserts that the ICD-10-CM conversion will be “expensive, arduous, disruptive, and of limited direct clinical benefit.”
Contrary to the conclusions in this article, implementation of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets will provide major advantages over the existing ICD-9-CM code set. Implementation is long overdue and will provide significant cost benefits.
This patient, a 47-year-old male with adenoma of the prostate, is being treated in the outpatient surgery suite.
On the same day that a proposed delay for ICD-10 compliance officially hit the books, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated Tuesday they are committed to eventually implementing ICD-10. Giving a “State of the Union” on ICD-10 at Tuesday’s ICD-10 Summit in Baltimore, CMS acting deputy director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Denise Buenning, MsM, explained why a delay and official implementation of the code set is essential for the healthcare industry.
Crystal balls and tea leaf readings are not the only ways to foresee the impact ICD-10 will have on a hospital’s bottom line. Advanced analytics can be used to understand how payments will change when using ICD-10 codes.
The proposed ICD-10 delay and how it impacts industry preparation plans was one of several hot topics permeating two days of sessions, April 16-17, at AHIMA’s 2012 ICD-10 Summit in Baltimore. This concern was reiterated Tuesday during the final session of the Summit, “Reflections of the 2012 ICD-10 Summit Reactor Panel,” where presenters and subject matter expert attendees recapped their main takeaways from the event.
They have the same goal—convert to ICD-10. But the way to achieve that goal is different for providers, payers, and vendors. Still, while each have their unique concerns regarding the implementation, they all must find a way to work together if any plan is to succeed.
Several federal programs that promote the use of health IT to improve healthcare outcomes are successfully on track, including the meaningful use EHR incentive program, according to Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, director of the office of standards and interoperability at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).