An AHIMA white paper summarizing key takeaways from the association’s 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS and CAC Summit encourages members to “stay the course” on implementation efforts and offers strategies for using the delay effectively.
Wednesday’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit keynote speaker,Rose Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, took a series of audience polls at the beginning of her presentation. When she asked how many audience members thought the new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date would be after the expected October 2015 date, a majority of the audience raised their hands. Next, Dunn asked how many people wanted to sue the federal government, a question which drew several raised hands but more laughter.
Summit attendees were asked “If you could give one piece of advice to the healthcare industry right now, what would it be?” The above word cloud represents the most popular words and phrases used in responses.
It’s well understood that small, rural healthcare providers struggle the most when it comes to being prepared for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, but the state of Idaho is a notable exception. Kaelyn Coltrin, RHIT, co-chair of the Idaho ICD-10 Collaborative, shared her experience in preparing a mostly rural state for the transition in her Wednesday morning presentation “Collaborating for Statewide ICD-10-CM/PCS Success” at AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit.
Rumors that federal health officials might make an announcement about the new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date at AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and CAC Summit were addressed when Denise Buenning, MsM, acting deputy director, office of e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), capped off the summit with her closing presentation Wednesday afternoon.
While the Tuesday morning early riser session “What Now? Industry Reaction to the Latest ICD-10 Delay” provided a forum for payers and providers alike to air frustrations and share strategies for dealing with legislation that pushed back ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, the morning’s keynote speaker offered a sharp contrast in perspective on the ICD-10 delay at AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit.