“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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Nearly 2,300 Health IT Trainees to Hit Market This Month

This month the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT expects 2,280 health IT professionals to graduate from the Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals program, with 3,000 more graduates expected by the end of summer. The graduates are part of a broader ONC workforce development program that includes university-based training, health IT competency exams, and the development of a health IT curriculum...

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Tips for Successful Training

Without a doubt, the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS will impact patient care and revenue. Whether that impact is positive or negative, however, comes down to the quality of the training that organizations provide their clinical and coding staff. Omar Rosario, PMP, and Patricia Hildebrand, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CCS-P, FACHE-designate, discussed ICD-10 training tips in their presentation “One Size Does Not Fit All.” Managers must design training...

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First Lessons

In April 2010 the Georgetown University Consulting Team conducted a series of interviews with six hospital networks that had gotten an early start on their ICD-10 transitions. Researchers asked the hospitals about their approaches, priorities, and early experiences. Organizations just getting started on their own transitions can use the findings to better prepare for the journey.

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