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ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize

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.

Successful CDI initiatives need physician input to gain support

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."

More practices eye informal integration amid struggles

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. 

ICD-10 survey indicates 'surprising' level provider readiness

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.

AHIMA: Watch for 'challenges' in transitioning EHRs to ICD-10

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.

ICD-10 delays: Like a game of 'Red Light, Green Light'

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.

WEDI roadmap urges HHS to limit burden of ICD-10 delay

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.

Continue training, testing to maintain ICD-10 momentum

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...

Pediatricians could take a financial hit with switch to ICD-10

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.

CMS official: ICD-10 test week sees nearly 90% claims approval

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.