by Carl Natale
Posted on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 - 12:43 pm
While it may be possible to manage Meaningful Use and ICD-10 implementation as complementary projects, it's not easy.
To get a sense of the challenges, read this interview with Tom Ciccarelli, CIO of East Orange General Hospital. It's a rather frank discussion about healthcare information technology. He has a lot to say about making sure electronic health records (EHRs) are what the physicians need. And ICD-10 implementation plays a part in it.
Here are some of my favorite statements:
- Meaningful Use is a very underfunded mandated. The incentives don't go far enough to help small hospitals.
- "I sat at the table once at the HIMSS convention with a bunch of consultants telling me how wonderful [Meaningful Use] is. Well, that because they made $200,000 on it. Yeah, of course it’s wonderful."
- "It’s never going to be good to put in 60 percent more data. And the people that are doing that on the frontend don’t see the advantage of that. All they see is a big pain. They say, ‘I’m not getting anything out of this. I might down the road.’ "
The interview is part of a multi-chapter look at how hospitals are meeting the challenges presented by federally mandated initiatives.
Kate Huvane Gamble sees the point that CIOs have when expressing frustrations with meeting the ICD-10 deadline. But they nonetheless need to be ready. (hsCIO.com)
This takes a fresh look at the challenges involved in planning the ICD-10 transition. (Informationweek)
Tips and best practices for managing the vendors who will help you implement ICD-10 coding. (ICD-10 Watch)
One of the issues that doesn't come up very often when discussing ICD-10 implementation is fraud. (ICD-10 Watch)
Editor Gienna Shaw previews the panel discussion she will be leading a breakfast panel at HIMSS12 on ICD-10 readiness. Apparently all the panelists think ICD-10 implementation is a big deal, and they will be sharing their learnings from their projects. (FierceHealthIT)
This time the American Medical Association sends an e-mail asking to extend the enforcement deadline for HIPAA 5010 compliance. (Modern Healthcare)
Derrick Berger expresses frustration about unpaid medical claims. He blames poor communication surrounding the HIPAA 5010 transition and grace period. (Physicians Practice)
Steve Sisko counters the argument that ICD-10-CM/PCS doesn't benefit patient care. (ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers)
When you convert your systems to ICD-10-CM/PCS, you have two types of IT systems. Ken Bradley explains that it's probably best to focus on clinical systems first since they feed data into the administrative systems. (ICD-10 Hub Blog)
Healthcare providers are using ICD-10 codes now and working on clinical documentation improvement (CDI). (HealthLeaders Media)
Nancy Maguire looks as some concepts new to ICD-10-CM/PCS such as displaced versus a non-displaced fracture, laterality and underdosing. (Kareo)
Psychologists have a challenge ahead of them as they try to match ICD-10 codes to DSM. How does that make you feel? (APA Practice Organization)
Because we must have forgotten about the Wall Street Journal article, here's another collection of diagnoses to use as punchlines in ICD-10 arguments.(Healthcare IT News)