There's a new ICD-10 joke being told among HIT professionals
Ah it's fun to laugh at the possibility of being hit by a duck or walking into a lamppost or burned by a water ski. I haven't laughed this much since the Wall Street Journal discovered ICD-10 humor.
Speaking of lampposts, Katie Bo Wiliams misunderstands a basic part of ICD-10 coding:
6. W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.
No. No. People. You only get to do this once. ONCE. If a patient is going around whacking into lampposts regularly, there is a deeper problem here, and he should be referred to psych immediately.
The subsequent encounter is with a physician not a lamppost.
But laughing at absurd ICD-10 codes is so 2012. It looks like healthcare IT professionals have found new hilarity.
Stop me if you heard this one
Rajiv Leventhal writes about doubts that the ICD-10 compliance date will stick in Healthcare Informatics. I can't argue with him or any other skeptics. There are too many ways to derail the ICD-10 deadline.
Dan Bowman writes about the same kind of ICD-10 skepticism at FierceHealthIT.com.
So the new ICD-10 punchline goes something like this:
"I hear Oct. 1, 2015 is the new ICD-10 deadline."
I guarantee that will make someone laugh. Or cry.
Andy Arends, managing principal of health plan innovation & consulting at Dell Services, sees collaboration between healthcare payers and providers as key to the ICD-10 transition:
- Health plans need to initiate ICD-10 testing planning with physicians.
- Unprepared physicians will increase administrative costs for healthcare payers.
- Collaboration can help prevent problems after Oct. 1, 2015, and solve existing problems.
- ICD-10 specificity should mean fewer requests for documentation.
- The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting another ICD-10 readiness survey.
- All healthcare providers, payers and vendors are invited to participate.
- The deadline is Aug. 21.
Phil Dolan thinks we're just not "selling" ICD-10 implementation like we should be.
Health IT Law & Industry Report: A Pain-Free Approach to ICD-10 Readiness: Four Steps to Success for Small Practices
- "Engage in Efficient, Targeted, Role-Appropriate ICD-10 Training"
- "Improve Documentation Now "
- "Outsource Implementation to a Specialized Consulting Group "
- "Follow a Plan "