CMS Defers PQRS Penalties for Two Years Due to Quality Measures Error
Jan10

CMS Defers PQRS Penalties for Two Years Due to Quality Measures Error

Due to the high volume of new ICD-10 procedure and diagnosis codes released on October 1, 2016, the CMS was unable to update all of the PQRS measures. As a result, CMS will not penalize eligible providers or group practices that fail “to satisfactorily report for CY [calendar year] 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of CY 2016.”

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Spooky, Scary: ICD-10 Codes for Halloween
Oct31

Spooky, Scary: ICD-10 Codes for Halloween

From taking the kids trick or treating to putting together the perfect costume or creating your jack-o-lantern masterpiece, Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year… but sometimes there can be some unexpected hiccups in the festivities.

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Medicare Reminds Providers of End to ICD-10 Unspecified Codes Grace Period

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a clarifying document released Thursday, reminded providers that flexibilities surrounding unspecified codes will indeed end on October 1, 2016.

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Commentary: The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons
Aug09

Commentary: The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons

If the 20-year long transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation—and learn from the hard-won lessons.

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After ICD-10, the CDI World has become Data Driven and High Tech
Aug03

After ICD-10, the CDI World has become Data Driven and High Tech

Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the industry landscape. In remarks delivered Tuesday at AHIMA’s CDI Summit, Pamela Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, with himagine solutions, noted in her presentation “The Case for CDI Solutions in a Post ICD-10 Environment,” that healthcare executives are now more interested in healthcare data than ever before.

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Survey: Coding Productivity Dipped After ICD-10 Implementation
Jun13

Survey: Coding Productivity Dipped After ICD-10 Implementation

The implementation of ICD-10 did result in a perceived loss of coding productivity, with a minimal dip in coding accuracy, according to a recent coding productivity and accuracy survey conducted by the AHIMA Foundation.

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