20 Questions for System Vendors

As healthcare organizations work through their systems inventory—identifying the IT systems, modules, and interfaces that will be affected by the upgrade to ICD-10-CM/PCS—a question hangs over each entry they make on the list: when will upgrades be available from the vendor? The dependency weighs heavily on ICD-10 planning teams, who cannot control the upgrades but can be proactive in communicating with their vendors. The following 20...

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Report from the AHIMA 2011 ICD-10 Summit

AHIMA’s 2011 ICD-10 Summit convened more than 500 healthcare professionals to discuss the state of the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition in the US. Their discussions—in presentations, Q&As, and hallway conversations—offered a rich view into the progress that providers, payers, and vendors are making, the challenges they are encountering, and the insights they are gaining and generously sharing.

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Getting Strategic about ICD-10

All of us in healthcare have a “mountain of mandates thrust upon” us, noted Dave Biel, MS, principal at Deloitte Consulting, presenting at AHIMA’s 2011 ICD-10 Summit on April 12. “But we need to ask how can we advance our corporate agendas in the midst of all this work.” This is especially true with the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, one of the biggest mountains in today’s healthcare landscape. Smart organizations are seeking to do more...

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“The Deadlines Are Not Changing”

Talk at the AHIMA ICD-10 Summit in April 2011 touched on some doubt in the marketplace and in C-suites that the ICD-10 implementation date will really hold. Some people expect a deadline extension. That’s dangerous thinking, and Karen Trudel, acting director of CMS’s Office of E-Health Standards and Services, addressed it directly during her presentation. “The deadlines are not changing. Let me repeat that,” she said, leaning closer...

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Top Documentation Issues for ICD-10

ICD-10-CM/PCS offers organizations better data about their patient populations and the services they provide them. The code set’s greater specificity allows coding professionals to more accurately reflect the details of physician documentation. However, an organization won’t leverage those benefits if the documentation lacks the necessary detail in the first place. That’s why an important early step in an organization’s ICD-10...

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