Week in Review: Would you hire Yogi Berra as an ICD-10 consultant?

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

Yogi Berra is credited with saying "deja vu all over again." Even if that's one of the things he said that he never said, it's an apt description of the Week in Review column.

So keep reading to learn why I quote Berra and what you need to know about managing vendors.

Baseball Chalk Talk

There's a lot written this week about vendors and consultants. And I was surprised to find out that baseball legend Yogi Berra would have made  a great ICD-10 consultant. At least that's my takeaway after reading the Edifecs white paper by Herb Larsen. The baseball analogies are a bit of a stretch but it's worth reading for the Yogisms. (Edifecs)

Herding Nerds: 5 project management tips for ICD-10 implementation

I talk to Steve Sisko about what kind of strong project management skills are needed to successfully implement ICD-10 coding in your organization. You need to read this for no other reason than it qualifies you to use the term "Herding Nerds" at work. (ICD10 Watch)

Coder Conversation: Improve documentation now

I rounded up some of the discussion generated by my question "What concerns you most about the ICD-10 transition?" in our LinkedIn Group. (ICD10 Watch)

Healthcare Vendors

I rounded up a HIMSS Virtual Briefing on "Finding Your Right Match: Choosing a Vendor Partner for Your ICD-10 Conversion Efforts." The posts explain what to expect from vendors and how to manage them:

(ICD10 Watch)

Increased Documentation Requirements and ICD-10: What You Need To Know

This post is written specifically for doctors. It clearly spells out how and why they need to be more specific with their documentation. It's a good illustration of what kind of challenge is created by ICD-10 implementation. (Medical Practice Trends)

Transitioning to ICD-10-CM/PCS is Well Worth the Effort:

Lisa Franz has a strong overview of ICD-10 and the challenges it creates. But toward the end she gives this endorsement of its benefits:

"In order to drive improvements in care, we must continue to empower insightful studies. It is essential to be able to drive to specifics when conducting research.  Studies at a global, national or local level, even down to the individual health care organization level, all benefit by being able to query on a large group and compare within smaller subsets of subjects. To this end, the new ICD codes will help us further differentiate diagnosis categories and potentially discern important insights. These studies, and use if the most recent ICD codes, will ultimately drive improvements in care for our patients and our loved ones."


Top Considerations for Transitioning to ICD-10

Chuck Podesta, Fletcher Allen Health Care’s chief information officer, has a pretty good post on ICD-10 preparedness. And he ends it with this warning, "Remember that the deadline is for Medicare and Medicaid patients only. Unless the rest of the payer industry follows the same deadline (highly unlikely), you will need to run both ICD-9 and ICD-10 systems." (EMR and HIPAA)

ICD 10: What It Means for Your Practice

Rhonda Buckholtz writes one of those introductory pieces on the challenges of ICD-10 transition. It's good to share with someone who is not up to speed. (AAO Bulletin)

Webinar: The Journey to ICD-10: Are Providers Ready?

Cognizant expert to talk about the impact of ICD-10 on IT systems, patient services, care delivery and revenue cycle management. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. (EST) Sept. 20. (Healthcare Informatics)

Webinar: 5010 and ICD-10: Ensure Minimal Impact for Your Practice

Speakers will address how to minimize the problems that these two mandates can create at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 22. (Navicure Web Broadcast)

Webinar: Hospital coding path to improving profitability

Genpact's Sonya Stephens, assistant vice president and hospital coding leader, and  David Warren, vice president - Healthcare, will lead a free webinar 11 a.m. (ET) Oct. 4 on using ICD-10 to improve revenue and profits. (Genpact)

Conference: AHIMA, ACMCS co-host clinical coding assembly

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American College of Medical Coding Specialists (ACMCS) will present a two-day Clinical Coding Meeting, Oct. 1-2, in Salt Lake City. It is scheduled before the 2011 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, which runs through Oct. 6 at the Salt Lake City Convention Center too. (CMIO)

Ramping Up

Story is a snapshot of what CIOs and HIMs are doing to prepare for ICD-10 implementation. If you're in healthcare information technology and none of this looks familiar, you should be worried. (Healthcare Informatics)

Innovation Under Fire

Gary Baldwin raises the point that innovation is in mortal danger because of ICD-10 and other "regulatory-related efforts." I disagree of course and argue that challenges drive innovation. (Health Data Management)

ICD-10: Will It Kill a Hospital's Productivity?

An interview with a hospital executive warns of the direct costs of preparing for ICD-10 compliance and the indirect costs of account receivables. (Becker's Hospital Review)

ICD-10 Migration Approach: Systems Remediation

Mike Berard explains how systems remediation fits into your ICD-10 project management. (Healthcare IT Solutions)

ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for musculoskeletal system include greater level of specificity

Just in case you were wondering how to code musculoskeletal system diseases, disorders, and injuries in ICD-10-CM. (JustCoding.com)

ICD -10 and Mobile Phones

Barbara Aubry tackles resistance to technology. She compares the technological improvements for medical practices to mobile phones. The more we use it the more integral it becomes. "Keep an open mind and investigate new technology that will become as necessary to your process as your cell phone is today," she concludes. (3M Health Information Systems)