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Moving Forward with ICD-10

Looking back, the coding conversion has played out significantly better than even the optimists imagined.

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Look Back on the ICD-10 Transition: Crisis Averted or Imaginary?

Was ICD-10 a crisis that was averted? Or was it just an imagined crisis? This new article in the Journal of AHIMA looks back at pre-transition predictions, examines if they came true, and discusses lessons learned that might help the healthcare industry next time there is an update to the national code set standard.

Read more at Journal of AHIMA

Unlocking the Benefits of ICD-10 through Data Analytics

What elements are the key to unlocking the benefits of ICD-10? Crystal Ewing of ZirMed answers the question in her latest article.

Read more at Journal of AHIMA

Analyzing Eight Months of ICD-10

It’s still too early to judge ICD-10’s impact on quality of care and healthcare costs overall, but the way all industry stakeholders handled the ICD-10 transition—as well as the implementation delays—can shed some light on what the industry can expect as familiarity with the new code set grows.

Read more at Journal of AHIMA

Lessons Learned: Reflections on CMS and the Successful Implementation of ICD-10

In this blog from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recounts his experience with the transition to ICD-10.

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Seeing the Benefits In The ICD-10 Transition

Six weeks have passed since the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition and now that the dust has settled, it’s time to talk about the bigger picture. Richard Averill, senior healthcare policy advisor for 3M and a member of the Coalition for ICD-10’s governing board, sees ICD-10 as a fundamental building block in the ongoing transformation of healthcare delivery.

Read more at Healthcare Informatics.

ICD-10 Coalition on Transition: So Far, So Good

Rajiv Leventhal provides an ICD-10 update based on real experiences.

Get the full story at Healthcare Informatics.

Coalition for ICD-10, CMS Release Post-ICD-10 Statements

Now that the transition to ICD-10 has come and gone, here is an update on the journey so far.

Read more in RevCycle Intelligence.

Why You Should Care about the New Major Changes in Medical Billing

The transition to ICD-10 could significantly alter our understanding of care and how to improve it. ICD-10 also promises to offer greater granularity to why we seek care.

Read more about ICD-10 in Scientific American.

More Precise Medical Codes Aim to Track Quality of Care

Why is having more codes in ICD-10 so important? This story from ABC News explains the significance of ICD-10 as seen from many angles including the patient and provider’s side.

Read more at ABC News.

CMS will reimburse ICD-10 mistakes for one year after transition deadline

CMS and the AMA announced a concession to ICD-10 implementation, without postponing the October 1 deadline. CMS will accept wrongly coded claims past for one year past the deadline, so long as they are in the correct family of codes.

Read more at Modern Healthcare.

Staff Training Crucial in ICD-10 Conversion Preparations

EHR Intelligence has ICD-10 training resources for training clinical staff.

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Coalition comes out swinging against ICD-10 safe harbor

The Coalition for ICD-10 puts forward 6 reasons a safe harbor plan would have “far-reaching, negative consequences.”

Read more at Healthcare Finance News.

Coalition for ICD-10: ‘It is Time to Move Forward with ICD-10’

In response to a report by the Heritage Foundation, the Coalition for ICD-10 says the same arguments against ICD-10 have been reused for the past 20 years.

Read more at RevCycle Intelligence.

Is ICD-10 Dual Coding Proposal Even a Feasible Alternative?

Allowing dual-coding is considered by many organizations to be unfeasible; CMS has repeatedly stated that its claims processing systems, as well as the infrastructures of many private payers, are simply not capable of accepting ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes at the same time.

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Stop Complaining About ICD-10 and Start Training

Misinformation and misunderstandings surround ICD-10 as the go-live date nears. One result is that too many providers have yet to conduct testing. They should take advantage of CMS’s grace period, starting now.

Visit HealthLeaders Media for the full story.

Training, testing, tools crucial for ICD-10 transition

Arlene F. Baril, MHA, RHIA, CHC – Senior Director of Reimbursement and Advisory Services for Altegra Health, provides 5 key areas for ICD-10 preparation.

Visit Medical Practice Insider for the full story.

ICD-10 Coalition fires back at Heritage attack

When Heritage Foundation joined the ICD-10 debate recently, it struck hard at what it considers to be “weak arguments” in favor of the code set conversion.

Read more at Healthcare IT News.

ICD-10 Implementation Vital for Value-based Care Payments

The passage of the SGR bill represents a step closer to measuring and paying for value.

Read more at EHR Intelligence.

The ICD-10 transition: Avoiding revenue disruptions

Physicians can take steps, ranging from documentation training to taking out a line of credit, to keep their practice financially healthy during the transition to ICD-10. Deborah McEuen, CMM, HITCM-PP, administrator for Beyer Medical Group discusses the practice’s actions to prepare.

Read more at Medical Economics.

“Doc Fix” shifts physicians into value based payment, highlights the importance of ICD-10

With the SGR repealed and a new dual-mechanism method for reimbursement in place, physicians take a step away from fee-for-service toward merit-based incentive model. Ann Chenoweth, senior director of industry relations for 3M Health Information Systems, writes for HIMSS Business Edge on the changes facing the health care industry.

Read more at HIMSS.

Hospital CEO: ICD-10 delays ‘shackle’ promise of big data

Industry leaders speak out in support of the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date.

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Hospital CEO: ICD-10 delays ‘shackle’ promise of big data

Industry leaders speak out in support of the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date.

Visit Fierce Health IT for the full story.

Video from MLN Connects

In this MLN Connects™ video, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the American Hospital Association (AHA) provide a basic introduction to ICD-10-CM coding.

Visit the Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider Resources web page for a complete list of MLN Connects videos on ICD-10.

Sustainable Growth Rate Fix Passes House but Stalls in Senate

The House voted 392-37 in favor of the sustainable growth rate fix bill, a piece of bi-partisan legislation that has significant financial implications for the healthcare industry, but a vote in the Senate has been delayed until after a recess

Read more at Health IT Analytics here.

7 Ways Physicians Can Save on ICD-10 Costs

Health Data Management presents a slideshow based on this guide to ICD-10 conversion from the Coalition for ICD-10.

View the slideshow here.

ICD-9 and ICD-10 Dual Coding Systems Proposal: Unworkable, Confusing, Costly – and Unnecessary

A dual coding system, suggested by has the potential to undermine the data infrastructure of the healthcare industry. It will confuse claims processing and negatively impact the handling of important patient clinical information and may affect patient care.

Read more at Executive Insight.

Concerns Raised About a Dual-Coding Push.

Although some members of Congress voiced support for a transitional dual-coding system at a February hearing, key congressional leaders have urged the October switch to proceed.

Read more at HFM.

House Members Mull October ICD-10 Launch at Hearing

The U.S. implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system has been delayed several times, but members of a House subcommittee seemed to be leaning toward making sure the current Oct. 1 deadline sticks.

Read more at MedPage Today.

ICD-10 Transition Date Gathers Support

Although some physician advocates continue to raise concerns about cost, complexity, and reimbursement issues surrounding the coding switch, a new report indicates the lead federal agency will be prepared.

Read more from Rich Daly at HFM.

Coalition for ICD-10 Briefs Congress on ICD-10 Transition

“We need it. We’re Ready” was the central message from speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing held by the coalition for ICD-10.

Read more at Executive Insight.

GAO Gives CMS ICD-10 Readiness Thumbs Up

Efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prepare providers, clearinghouses, and health plans for the October 1 ICD-10 deadline are on track, and CMS is ready to process claims using the new codes.

Read more at Health Data Management.

Why physicians should support, not oppose, ICD-10

New evidence suggests physicians will see a positive financial change from the conversion and that individual patients will benefit.

Read more at Healthcare Finance News.

Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July — Forms Due April 17

During the week of July 20 through 24, 2015, a third sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor.

Learn more here.

It’s Time to Move to ICD-10, Not for Another Delay

In this blog from Physicians Practice, Michael Lee, MD, MBA, writes that organizations are ready for ICD-10 implementation. The physician from Atrius Health urges the industry to continue ICD-10 implementation efforts saying,

“We’ve already seen that organizations that were falling behind before the delay haven’t taken the extra time to get up to speed. Additional time to prepare isn’t likely to motivate them to any more than the first delay did. While it would have been wise for the government to move forward with an Oct. 1, 2014, launch — or perhaps skip ICD-10 altogether and wait for ICD-11 — halting implementation now would be a huge burden to the industry. It’s not time for another delay; it’s time to get to work.”

Read “It’s Time to Move to ICD-10, Not for Another Delay.”

CMS Releases Two New ICD-10 Videos

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released two animated shorts that explain key ICD-10 concepts.

Less than 4 minutes each, the videos are available at

  • Introduction to ICD-10 Coding” gives an overview of ICD-10’s features and explains the benefits of the new code set to patients and to the health care community.
  • ICD-10 Coding and Diabetes” uses diabetes as an example to show how the code set captures important clinical details.

GAO Gives CMS ICD-10 Readiness Thumbs Up

Greg Slabodkin provides an update on the Government Accountability Office report on the readiness of CMS for the ICD-10 switchover.
Read the article in Health Data Management

Coalition for ICD-10 to Host Capitol Hill Briefing

Joel White, executive director, Health IT Now Coalition will moderate a briefing on ICD-10 implementation progress to congressional staff members.

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ICD-10 supporters debunk skip to ICD-11

Based on the ICD-10 timeline, of modifications, comment periods, and revisions that added policies and procedures, a move to ICD-11 could take up to 40 years.

Read more at Modern Economics.

Another ICD-10 Delay Could Be Costly … to Our National Security

Juliet Santos, principal consultant for Leidos Health provides us with a list of reasons why ICD-10 is crucial to healthcare.

Read the list at ICD10monitor.

Hoping for ICD-11 is “Waiting for Godot,” ICD-10 Coalition Says

EHR Intelligence’s Jennifer Bresnick responds to the Coalition’s commentary and reinforces the need for the healthcare industry to transition to ICD-10.

Read more here.

Letter to Congress, November 12, 2014

In a letter dated November 12, 2014, the Coalition for ICD-10 informs members of Congress of the financial impact caused by the implementation delay and urges Congress to maintain the October 1, 2015 compliance date.

Read the full letter here.

CMS: ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Achieves 76% Acceptance Rate

During the November ICD-10 testing week, CMS acceptance rates reached 76%. Participants included more than 500 providers, suppliers, billing companies, and clearinghouses.

See the results from CMS.

Talk Ten Tuesdays

Tuesday December 16, 2014, Last Call: 2014 Year in Review
In this episode of Talk Ten Tuesdays, Margarita Valdez of AHIMA speaks on the efforts by the Coalition for ICD-10 to prevent another delay in ICD-10 implementation. (Begins at 3:31)

5 Steps to ‘Full’ ICD-10 Compliance

Coalition member Altegra Health gives tips for health plans to be fully prepared for ICD-10 by the 2015 compliance date.

Read more at Government Health IT.

ICD-10 Delay Could Be Data Disaster

Two extensions of the ICD-10 compliance date have already been granted as a result of the requests of some provider groups. Another delay in ICD-10 implementation could lead to disaster for health care data. This report shows that the concerns behind implementation are not as great as previously feared.

Read more at iHealthBeat.

Coalition for ICD-10 Responds to AMA President Dr. Robert Wah

The Coalition for ICD-10 issued a response to Dr. Robert Wah’s attempt at humor during his address to the House of Delegates.

Organizations urge Congress to avoid further ICD-10 delays

Dan Bowman from FierceHealthIT reports on the Coalition for ICD-10’s letter to  to House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. The letter calls for no further delays of the ICD-10 implementation date.

Read the full story here.

More Coverage:

Journal of AHIMA Study Coverage

A new study published in the Journal of AHIMA shows that the costs of converting to ICD-10 for small physician practices is much lower than previously reported.

Video: Why ICD-10 Matters

In this video from the Florida Health Information Management Association (FHIMA), Dr. Paul Isaacs from FTI Consulting explains why ICD is so important from the perspective of a physician. He outlines the benefits of ICD-10 and provides information on FREE resources.

Watch the Video.

Setting the Facts Straight About ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know About the Transition

AHIMA has developed a new ICD-10 fact document targeted to physicians and covers basic facts about the ICD-10 transition.

Read the document here.

ICD10 Monitor: October 14, 2014 Edition

Talk Ten Tuesdays Podcast – Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM) Executive Director Karen Blanchette speaks on free tools available to small physician practices to aid in the ICD-10 transition. (interview begins at 13:09)

Coverage of Capitol Hill Briefing – September 23, 2014

Advocates fight for ICD-10 switch

AHA News Now
Coalition briefs Congress on need for ICD-10

Health IT Outcomes
Briefing To Answer Why We Need Better, More Robust Health Coding System Now

ICD-10 Watch
Good Arguments for ICD-10 Implementation

ICD10 Monitor
Talk Ten Tuesdays Podcast – Coalition Capitol Hill  briefing preview and interview with Richard Averill (interview begins at 26:00)

Journal of AHIMA
AHIMA Pushes for ICD-10 Adoption in Capitol Hill Briefing

Government Health IT
Taking to Capitol Hill to make case for ICD-10

Bloomberg BNA
Revisiting ICD-10, Again

ICD-10 Myths

In an article from The Journal of AHIMA, Richard F. Averill and Rhonda Butler address common ICD-10 myths and misconceptions.

Read more of “Misperceptions, Misinformation, and Misrepresentations: The ICD-10-CM/PCS Saga.

ICD10 Monitor: September 23, 2014 Edition

Talk Ten Tuesdays Podcast – Coalition Capitol Hill briefing preview and interview with Richard Averill. (interview begins at 26:00)

Infographic: ICD-10 Could Help Track Ebola Outbreak

Jasmine Pennic highlights the public health impact of using ICD-10 as a biosurveillance tool to track the Ebola outbreak.

Visit HIT Consultant for more.

Clearing the Air on the ICD-10 Transition: AHIMA’s Policy and Coding Leader Speaks Out

In this article from Healthcare Informatics, Sue Bowman, senior director, coding, policy, and compliance, at AHIMA, speaks with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland and addresses some of the myths surrounding the ICD-10 transition.

Read more here.

ICD-10: The Pros and Cons for Value

In an article in HFMA’s Healthcare Financial Management, four industry experts share their thoughts about the pros and cons of transitioning to ICD-10.

Read more here.

ICD-10 FAQ from CMS

A new FAQ from CMS discusses common myths about ICD-10.

View the PDF.

AHIMA Statement on ICD-10 Final Rule Announcement

The American Health Information Management Association applauds the CMS announcement of the new ICD-10 deadline.

Read the full statement here.

3 Common ICD-10 Myths, Debunked

Three of the most persistent and pernicious untruths about ICD-10 are tackled by AHIMA’s Sue Bowman.

Read the full story at Healthcare IT News.

Achieving ICD-10-CM/PCS Compliance in 2015: Staying the Course for Better Healthcare

A report in Perspectives in Health Information Management highlights issues discussed at the AHIMA 2014 ICD-10 Coding Summit, including recommendations for stakeholders to achieve a successful ICD-10 transition.

Read more here.

NCVHS Hearing on ICD-10 Delay Shows Differences of Opinion: Stakeholders Testify on Impact to Healthcare Industry

ICD-10 Monitor covers testimony from the NCVHS Hearing, including discussion on the delay’s impact to training and the importance of converting from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

Read more here.

CMS Accepts 89% of Claims Submitted During March ICD-10 Testing Week

Prior to the ICD-10 implementation delay, CMS conducted ICD-10 testing week that involved approximately 2,600 participating testers and more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes. Overall, CMS accepted 89 percent of claims. Some regions reported acceptance rates as high as 99 percent.

Read the full story at Becker’s ASC Review.

SNOMED, ICD-11 Not Feasible Alternatives to ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation

As the US healthcare industry faces yet another delay in ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, with a new compliance date of October 1, 2015, questions continue to arise as to whether there are any alternatives for replacement of ICD-9-CM other than implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. In particular, use of SNOMED CT or waiting for ICD-11 are both alternatives that have received attention.

Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance for AHIMA, addresses why neither of these approaches is a reasonable alternative to implementing ICD-10-CM/PCS. She argues that the U.S. must remain fully committed to transitioning smoothly to ICD-10-CM/PCS on October 1, 2015 while leveraging the exciting opportunities presented by this transition.

Read more at the Journal of AHIMA‘s website.

NCVHS ICD-10 Hearings: Industry Stakeholders Raise Concerns

Health care industry stakeholders are frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding the ICD-10 implementation deadline. In testimony at a hearing of the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics, Coalition member Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at AHIMA spoke on the importance of moving forward with ICD-10; “Any ICD-10 delay is disruptive and costly for health care delivery innovation, payment reform, public health and health care spending.”
Read more testimony and hearing details at iHealthBeat.

Read more from AHIMA’s Sue Bowman in a recent article from HealthData Management.

Poll: Majority of Healthcare Orgs are Disappointed With ICD-10 Delay

In an article for Healthcare Informatics, Rajiv Leventhal discusses a poll done by Deloitte Center for Health Solutions concerning the decision to delay the ICD-10 implementation date. Leventhal calls attention to a letter signed by the Coalition for ICD-10 calling on HHS to set a firm implementation date of October 1, 2015.

Read more from Healthcare Informatics here.

Why Another ICD-10 Delay Stinks

Editor in Chief for Health IT Outcomes, Ken Congdon, speaks out on his disappointment in the ICD-10 delay. As an advocate for progress in health IT, Congdon believes the bottom line in implementing ICD-10 is to improve the quality of patient care.

Read the full story here.

ICD-10 Extension in Doc-Fix Bill Divides Healthcare Industry

As healthcare industry groups lobby on both sides of a congressional measure forcing a delay in ICD-10 implementation providers are divided on whether the delay will help or hurt. Modern Healthcare reports on the position of various organizations focusing on the Coalition for ICD-10’s opposition to the delay.

Read the full story here.

CMS Addresses New ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

Last month, Congress pushed back the ICD-10 implementation date, legislating that ICD-10 implementation could not occur before Oct. 1, 2015. A news alert just issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) states that an interim final rule is expected to be released in the near future with a new ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015.

Find more details: CMS Announces October 2015 as New ICD-10 Compliance Date

Face the ICD-10 delay with optimism instead of skepticism

While the ICD-10 implementation delay has left the healthcare industry with a  lot of questions, many organizations are being optimistic and calling for ICD-10 support. In an article for Just Coding, Shannon E. McCall calls attention to the Coalition for ICD-10’s efforts, reminding readers why the new code set has so much to offer.

Read the full article here.

CMS Comments on ICD-10 Delay

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has broken its silence regarding the ICD-10 implementation delay:

“With enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, CMS is examining the implications of the ICD-10 provision and will provide guidance to providers and stakeholders soon,” the website states.

Health Data Management discusses the statement from CMS. Read the full article here.

Coalition for ICD-10 to HHS: Name the new deadline

In an article for Medical Practice Insider, Tom Sullivan, Executive Editor, HIMSS Media, describes the latest press release from the Coalition for ICD-10, calling for a new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as possible. The coalition also pointed out that this third delay of ICD-10 “has caused great uncertainty” in the industry.

Read the full article here.

Senate passes one-year SGR patch, ICD-10 delay bill

EHR Intelligence reports on the Senate vote which has pushed back the compliance date for the next code set by a full year as part of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) bill. Describing the bill and the implications to ICD-10 implementation, reporter Kyle Murphy, PhD spoke with Coalition members and describes their responses to the vote.

Read the full article here.

Groups at odds over delay of ICD-10

With a provision would push back by at least one year the federally mandated, already twice-delayed conversion to the complex ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural coding system slated to begin Oct. 1, the Sustainable Growth Rate bill has sparked many reactions in the healthcare industry. Modern Healthcare describes the reaction, including quotes from members of the Coalition for ICD-10.

Read the full article here.

ICD-10: Painful To Implement, Painful To Delay

With Congress on the verge of delaying healthcare’s new diagnosis code system for another year, Information Week reports on why the delay will be a “headache” for healthcare CIOs. The article explains the bill and the potential ramifications of an ICD-10 delay, showing readers how it will affect healthcare CIOs and medical coding students alike. Members of the Coalition for ICD-10 are quoted.

Read the full article here.

AHIMA “extremely disappointed” with potential ICD-10 delay

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and others are starting to express their frustration and displeasure with the idea of an additional delay to ICD-10.  As HR 4302 clears the House and heads to the Senate for a vote on Monday, AHIMA is adding its disapprobation to previous comments by the Coalition for ICD-10.

EHR Intelligence interviews member of the Coalition, among others, in a recent article.

Read the full article here.

House Passes ICD-10 Delay Bill, Senate Next to Vote

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS for one year. A similar bill in the Senate is expected to be voted on soon. AHIMA has called on proponents of ICD-10 to contact their senators and ask that they not delay ICD-10.

Read the full article here.

ICD-10: This Just Isn’t How the Deal Should Go Down

Government Health IT’s Tom Sullivan reminds readers that while ICD-10 has been the butt of many jokes, the latest attempt to make the code set conversion political simply isn’t funny. Sullivan discusses the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) bill with the provision that would push back ICD-10 implementation and explains why ICD-10 and SGR have almost nothing to do with each other.

Read the full article here.

ICD-10 Coalition opposes ICD-10 delay in SGR patch

A new bill, introduced to the US House and Senate, features a section calling for the delay of ICD-10 implementation until 2015. EHR Intelligence reports on the latest opposition to the bill: The ICD-10 Coalition, a group of healthcare organizations allied to oppose any attempt to further delay the start of ICD-10. Reporter Kyle Murphy, PhD, details the Coalition’s response to the bill.

Read the full article here.

Congress to Vote on ICD-10 Delay Tomorrow, AHIMA calls for action to stop bill today

A new bill has been introduced into the US House and Senate that features a section calling for the delay ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015.

The bill, which would adjust the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and change other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, also includes a seven line section that would delay ICD-10 to October 1, 2015.

AHIMA has put out a call to members and other stakeholders to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to take the ICD-10 provision out of the SGR bill or not approve the bill.

Read the full call to action here.

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