by Carl Natale
Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 - 10:01 am
It looks like next week is when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will announce their proposals for a new ICD-10 timeline.
Which should mean they will publish it in the Federal Register and take public comment for 60 days. Then they will consider the feedback and issue a final rule. Who knows when that will be.
Which will be great fun for me. Seriously. There will be lots to write about. There will be the process, analysis of the proposals and all the public comments. Brace yourself for the onslaught and tune in here for complete coverage.
In the mean time, here's what you need to know to keep up with the arguments about to be published:
Five serious healthcare information managers have a strong argument for how the ICD-10 implementation delay should be handled. (ICD10 Watch)
Rhonda Butler argues that we can’t skip ICD-10 implementation to adopt the ICD-11 code set because we’re too slow:
“To drag this lumbering, squabbling bunch of groups that form the U.S. healthcare system to undertake a change of this magnitude takes time. We can’t skip ICD-10 because we have already spent 19 years getting this close to implementing ICD-10.”
Yes, ICD-11 should rock and make ICD-10 codes look as antiquated as ICD-9 codes. So let’s start planning that transition now so we don’t need to take as long to come up with an ICD-11-CM/PCS. (3M Health Information Systems)
I talked to Keith Fulmer at Kforce about what the delay and the delay in the delay means for different healthcare providers. (ICD10 Watch)
Rhonda Butler explains how ICD-10 coding makes it easier to code diabetes and chronic heart failure diagnoses. (PhysBizTech)
Priya Patel explains the importance of clinical documentation to the ICD-10 transition process and the medical practice as a whole. (Perficient Healthcare IT Solutions Blog)
Just a quick roundup of some discussions of CDI. Look for a bit of a deeper dive into the subject next week. (ICD10 Watch)
I take another stab at explaining the "subsequent encounters" term in the ICD-10 codes. (ICD10 Watch)
Brad Boyd explains that healthcare organizations will not be able to simply turn over their ICD-10 transition projects to vendors. They need to manage the process – starting with an impact assessment. (PhysBizTech)
Brad Boyd adds his voice to the chorus singing the praises of working toward ICD-10 like there is no delay. (From the Consultant’s Corner)
Lorraine Schnelle explains that clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is going to help a hospital no matter what the CMS decides to do about the ICD-10 deadline. (The BridgeBlog)
Ken Bradley sees the problems with medical claim rejections since HIPAA 5010 compliance as communications problems. Healthcare payers aren’t communicating what they need in the situational fields of a medical claim. (Daily Practice Blog)
Dave Biel explains there’s a big difference between what a healthcare organization needs to do if CMS delays the ICD-10 implementation deadline one year or two years. But no matter what, if they haven’t started they need to do their impact assessment now. (Healthcare Informatics)
Press Release Watch
- Cognosante Teams With 3M on ICD-10 Services – MarketWatch: Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations, announced its partnership with 3M Health Information Systems to provide the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool (CTT) to state-sponsored health plans, including Medicaid agencies.
Interesting survey of hosptial CIOs that show they’re happy with an impending delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline. They plan to keep up their efforts and use the extra breathing room to get the project done right. (healthsystemCIO.com)
There was a live chat Wednesday regarding ICD-10 implementation. The key takeaways were that procrastination will be problematic because testing might not go so smoothly and it will be difficult finding outside resources at the last minute. (SearchHealthIT)