by Carl Natale
Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 - 09:30 pm
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.
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)
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)
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)
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:
- Do you need to get some help with your ICD-10 implementation?
- How to choose a partner who will help you thrive
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)
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."
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)
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)
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)
Speakers will address how to minimize the problems that these two mandates can create at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 22. (Navicure Web Broadcast)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Mike Berard explains how systems remediation fits into your ICD-10 project management. (Healthcare IT Solutions)
Just in case you were wondering how to code musculoskeletal system diseases, disorders, and injuries in ICD-10-CM. (JustCoding.com)
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)