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).
The possible one-year delay of ICD-10 compliance will also push back scheduled ICD-10 coding updates while maintaining the partial ICD-9 coding freeze currently in place.
At Monday’s ICD-10 Summit session discussing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ICD-10 preparation plans, CMS’ senior technical advisor Pat Brooks, RHIA, said that adding more codes to ICD-9 or ICD-10 would only complicate current coding efforts.
Welcome to the Journal of AHIMA’s coverage of the 2012 ICD-10 Summit, April 16-17, in Baltimore, MD–AHIMA’s annual meeting dedicated to exploring the challenges and opportunities involved in the US transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems. This site features day-by-day coverage of the hot topics, speakers, and key information vital for effectively transitioning to ICD-10. Follow @JournalofAHIMA on Twitter for updates from...
Although the ICD-10 compliance delay grabbed most the headlines, the proposed rule in which the ICD-10 delay was nestled also calls for standardized health plan identifiers.