Week in Review: It's good to be a medical coder
If you know medical coder who doesn't feel good about about his or her job, they aren't reading this blog.
First, I interview an ICD-10 consultant about the future of medical coding. Kristi Stanton used phrases like "boatloads of opportunity." Then the AAPC released a survey of how medical coders were doing. Basically they said they get paid well, are well educated and employed. Not too shabby.
But if medical coders want to stay on top of their game, make sure they know about these developments concerning ICD-10 preparation.
Just to be clear: If you haven't started preparing for ICD-10 implementation, you can still have time to make the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline. But start soon. Like now. (ICD-10 Watch)
Six very specific tips that will help you be HIPAA 5010 compliant. (ICD-10 Watch)
I'm not a fan of doom, gloom and panic but healthcare professionals need to understand the risks of a poorly planned HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 implementation. (HealthLeaders Media)
Slideshow (why they felt the need to do it this way I will never understand) of 10 things about ICD-10 implementation that worry healthcare professionals. (Health Data Management)
It's been said that ICD-10 implementation is a project management problem. So you need to pick the right project manager for the best transition. (3M Health Information Systems)
"ICD-10 Code of the Day: 726.5, Overuse Syndrome of Pelvis. What I wouldn't give to put that on a pt's disability report..." (@DrAlice)
This infographic created by the AAPC was used on a pretty weak blog post about ICD-10 implementaiton. But the information and presentation are good enough to highlight. It will help you understand how each part of a medical practice will have to work with ICD-10 codes. (AAPC)
Basically the payers have been hard at work on the ICD-10 implementation. A lot of the work involves mapping so they can decide which codes will be accepted. (AAPC News)
Representatives from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explain some issues with HIPAA 5010. (HIMSS Blog)
"Lot’s of tweets on new CMS “ICD-10 Handbooks” – These are recipes: you’ll still need a Chef, Sous Chefs, Servers & Dishwashers. #ICD10"(@ShimCode)
Rhonda Butler makes it clear that ICD-10 codes are NOT case sensitive. (3M Health Information Systems)
Decent introduction to starting your ICD-10 implementation planning. (Everything Rad)
Press Release Roundup
- United Health Group Selects HCL as a Preferred Partner for ICD-10 Transition: HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services provider, today announced that it has been chosen by the United Health Group, a leading US healthcare payer, to support its transition to the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.
- DST Health Solutions Announces Alliance with 3M to Provide ICD-10 Code Translation Technology to Health Plans: DST Health Solutions, LLC, today announced that it has signed an agreement with 3M Health Information Systems enabling DST Health Solutions to leverage the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool to help health plan clients transition their business operations to support new ICD-10 coding, as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).