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How not to argue against ICD-10 implementation

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
How not to argue against ICD-10 implementation

ICD-10 jokes about flaming water skis and guinea fowl attacks are a good way to get my blood boiling. (And what's the ICD-10 code for that?)

Apparently, Rhonda Butler suffers from the same condition. She explains the value of using ICD-10 codes to document medical errors. And sums it up nicely with:

"Letting a few animal bite codes stop us from using the power of ICD-10 to measure and understand and begin to control preventable medical errors—really, how dumb is that?"

Here's another argument against ICD-10 coding that needs to stop:

" You have never tried to use the EHRs out here in the real world. Many EHRs impede i9 documentation and no one is sure yet how they will thwart i10 specificity with 500% increase in specificity..."

That came from a reader comment on one of my posts. While I recognize the validity of the frustration, it's not a problem with ICD-10 coding. It's a problem with how healthcare organizations — or any other organization — makes major IT decisions. And healthcare vendors share in the blame.

So stop making/selling/buying crappy electronic health records (EHRs). Not all of them are burdens.

Word from Washington: Sights Set on ICD-10-CM/PCS

This roundup of the September ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee serves as a reminder of the following points:

  • Most of the ICD-10 codes being added to the code sets are proposed by physician groups — especially ones representing medical specialties.
  • If you think there are gaps in ICD-10 diagnoses, there is an opportunity to fill those gaps through this updating process.

(Journal of AHIMA)

ICD-10 Codes in Non-Claim HIPAA Transactions

Steve Sisko reminds us of some HIPAA transactions (that aren't medical claims) that require ICD-10 codes. Don't forget these transactions when testing. (ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers)

ICD-10 Conversations - Almost Every Day of the Week!

Steve Sisko has found a few ICD-10 education programs worth checking out. (ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers)

ICD-10 deadline tests mettle of nation's hospitals

  • No reason to expect another ICD-10 deadline delay.
  • The most recent ICD-10 delay really didn't help hospitals.
  • Hospitals need to prepare for decreases in revenues and productivity.

(Healthcare Finance News)

6 crucial steps toward ICD-10 compliance

This is one of those annoying slideshows that have no purpose beyond frustrating people who hate clicking on extra links to see stupid photos and get the same information that could have been delivered better on a single page:

  1. "Recalibrate"
  2. "Look at the environment"
  3. "Reevaluate infrastructure needs"
  4. "Test systems"
  5. "Reevaluate staffing needs"
  6. "Publish clear/concise communications"

(Healthcare IT News)

9 strategies to prepare your practice for ICD10

  1. "Don't expect another delay"
  2. "Budget for the blitz"
  3. "Assess your practice's internal capabilities"
  4. "Prepare staff for training"
  5. "Create a communication team"
  6. "Master the codes that matter"
  7. "Lingo is important"
  8. "Prepare for productivity changes"
  9. "Build your compliance team"

(Medical Economics)

AAPC Member Survey: ICD-10 Testing and Implementation Costs

  • 72 percent of healthcare providers who participated in acknowledgement testing said they had no medical claims rejected.
  • 72 percent said they spent less than $5,000 per provider on ICD-10 implementation.
  • "Many respondents" said ICD-10 implementation wasn't as hard as they thought it would be.

(Coalition for ICD-10)