Payers have joined together to help smaller providers make the switch to ICD-10, reports ICD-10 Monitor.
A group of 15 organizations--including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Health Information management Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans--is urging congressional leaders to ensure that no future delays to ICD-10 implementation take place.
While ICD-10 might have codes that seem excessive--like injury via turkey--without its comprehensive codes, doctors will "never detect the one-in-a-million disease when it matters," according to resident physician in family medicine William Rusnak.
According to James Libecco, a single practitioner at Akron Skin Center in Ohio, the multiple delays to ICD-10 are teaching those in medicine to embrace apathy.
Physician involvement is an especially crucial element at several levels for hospitals transitioning to ICD-10, according to healthcare IT consultant D'Arcy Guerin Gue.
As organizations continue to prepare for the switch to ICD-10, smaller entities are anticipating more difficulties than their larger counterparts, according to an AHIMA survey.
Despite yet another delay in the transition to ICD-10, providers still must remain focused and alert to ensure that, should implementation go forward on Oct. 1, 2015, cash flow remains uninterrupted. That was the message last week from Linda Reed, vice president and CIO at Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System.
For Ken Kilmer, ICD-10 project manager at Rocky Mount, North Carolina-based Nash Health Care System, conducting a weeklong mock ICD-10 transition earlier this month was all about avoiding chaos in 2015.
For health IT, it is both the best of times and the worst of times, according to the American Medical Association's President-Elect Steven Stack.
As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.