Healthcare providers--and practice managers, in particular--would be wise to take advantage of the most recent ICD-10 delay, not by shifting their focus to other projects, but instead shoring up potential areas of weakness, according to family physician Stephen Spain.
With the ICD-10 delay, experts are urging healthcare organizations to spend the time furthering their efforts toward clinical documentation improvement. That improvement involves physicians, CDI specialists and coders--and closing the gap between "doctor-speak" and "coder-speak."
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) identified its members' top practice struggles for the seventh year in a row with its "Medical Practice Today: What Members Have to Say" survey.
Providers responding to a recent survey on ICD-10 expressed concerns about the impact the coding switch--set to go into effect Oct. 1, 2015, after being delayed in April--will have on revenue, productivity and workflow.
The delay in implementing ICD-10 may give providers some breathing room, but they still need to address the challenges of changing their electronic health records to handle the upgraded coding, according to Michael Stearns, a member of AHIMA's Clinical Terminology and Classification Council.
With all of its starting and stopping, the transition to ICD-10 is starting to resemble the children's game "Red Light, Green Light," Brett LeFevre, an associate at Salt Lake City-based healthcare consulting firm Leavitt Partners writes in a recent post to the Health Affairs blog.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter dated June 4 to take action to minimize disruption within the healthcare industry from the ICD-10 delay.
Healthcare organizations should use the extra time afforded by the delay of ICD-10 to conduct more testing and training and to maintain the momentum they've developed thus far, according to AHIMA...
The switch to ICD-10 could have a substantial impact on pediatricians' bottom lines, according to a study that found that 26 percent of ICD-9 codes used in that specialty are convoluted in their mapping to ICD-10.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services accepted 89 percent of ICD-10 test claims submitted by providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses in March, according to Niall Brennan, acting director of the agency's Offices of Enterprise Management.