Code Freeze Ends with Release of New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes

Following the release of the new ICD-10-PCS codes last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surprised the industry today by also releasing updates to ICD-10-CM, effectively ending the five year ICD-10 code update freeze initiated to ease the healthcare industry into the new code set.

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OCR Begins Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The hotly anticipated Phase 2 series of HIPAA privacy and security audits of covered entities’ and their business associates are underway, the US Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Monday.

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Petition Calls for Unique Patient Identifier Solution
Mar21

Petition Calls for Unique Patient Identifier Solution

A petition that calls for the development of a voluntary patient safety identifier officially launched on Sunday and is now open for signatures.

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Measuring Success with Accurate Patient Identification
Mar18

Measuring Success with Accurate Patient Identification

This monthly blog discusses the challenges and emerging trends related to healthcare data and its ever changing life cycle.

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ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting Discusses Impending Code Updates

The freeze is over! After five years of ICD-10 classification system code freezes, October 1, 2016 will see the system back on the “normal” cycle for annual updates.

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