2014 ICD-10/CAC Summit Coverage
Review major news and insights coming out of AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit, held April 22-23 in Washington, DC.
For easy access to all web stories related to the summit, simply click on the “ICD-10/CAC Summit” category tag or navigate from the list below. Watch this space for updates as coverage continues.
Coverage from Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Summit Opens with Rousing Debate on ICD-10: 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.
CMS Official: Medicaid is ICD-10 Ready: Despite rumors to the contrary, Medicaid is, and has been, ready for the implementation of ICD-10, according to a federal Medicaid official who spoke Tuesday. Throughout his presentation, Odia outlined the steps his agency has taken to ensure that state Medicaid associations were ready for ICD-10, debunking the “urban myth” that state Medicaid offices aren’t ready for implementation or testing with providers.
VA Coding Pilot Yields Enlightening Coder Productivity Results: A Veterans Health Administration (VHA) coding pilot study brought to light surprising results related to ambulatory and inpatient coding productivity, researchers said during a Tuesday afternoon session. These results were part of a pilot study of 10 VHA sites where coders with varying degrees of experience coded 1,024 ambulatory care records and 382 inpatient records, with the help of coding manuals and an encoder.
Coverage from Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Despite Industry Skepticism, Delay Offers Opportunity to Streamline Preparations: 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.
State ICD-10 Collaboration Aids Readiness in Rural Settings: 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.
CMS: ICD-10 Implementation Guidance Coming ‘Very Soon’: 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.