The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is on track with the implementation of ICD-10, and no further delays should be expected. That was the message in the “CMS ICD-10 Report on State of the Union” presentation delivered Wednesday by Denise M. Buenning, BA, MsM, deputy director for Office of E-Health Standards and Services at CMS at the 2013 AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit, taking place in Baltimore, MD this week.
Although many find ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation to be an overwhelming process, analyzing the financial impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS should not be frightening. In Tuesday’s “Frightening Scenario or Manageable Change? Determining the Realistic Reimbursement Impact of ICD-10 on MS-DRGs and APR-DRGs” session at the 2013 AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit, taking place in Baltimore, MD this week, a panel of presenters reviewed the translation method that assisted John Hopkins Health System (under APR-DRGs) and Sibley Memorial Hospital (under MS-DRGs) to identify product lines that represent their greatest exposure under ICD-10-CM/PCS.
HIM professionals have worked for years to build positive relationships with physicians and improve their documentation, all in pursuit of more accurate clinical coding. However, many programs to improve physician documentation have fallen short while coder-generated queries asking for greater specification flourish. With ICD-10-CM/PCS slated to go live in 2014, the time is now to finalize your plans for physician education and training, according to a presentation given Tuesday by Cindy Seel, MSA, RHIA, director of education and training at HRS.
Leveraging computer-assisted coding technology may lead to a measurable reduction in the amount of time coders need to code records, according to a recent study conducted by the AHIMA Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
While the United States is preparing to implement ICD-10-CM/PCS on October 1, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) is anticipating a 2015 release of ICD-11. Taking into account the need to then clinically modify the WHO version, ICD-11 would likely not be ready for implementation in the US until after 2020.