Week in Review: What it takes to survive ICD-10 implementation

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

I don't know if ICD-10 will kill the superbill. But I know it's not going to hurt innovation. Keep reading for more predictions and developments:


National HIPAA 5010 Testing Week: Will enough health orgs set sail?

Tom Sullivan reminds us that National HIPAA 5010 Testing Week starts Monday. Are you ready to test for 5010 compliance? (Government Health IT)

ICD-10 Superbill: Will superbills survive ICD-10 implementation?

I'm just wondering if all that granular detail in ICD-10 codes will be like kryptonite to the superbill. (ICD10 Watch)

On the Soapbox: Meaningful use and ICD-10 aren't the enemies of innovation

Now someone says ICD-10 could be killing innovation. It's an epidemic, I tell you. I wonder how you would code that. (ICD10 Watch)

Jim Jacobs of QuadraMed

I had a conversation with Jacobs about what hospitals should be spending their time and concerns.

(ICD10 Watch)

Top IT priorities for healthcare

Included in the recent HIMSS Analytics report, "Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market - 6th Edition," is an outline of the top health IT issues that will have a significant impact on the industry in the next few years. (Healthcare IT News)

Classic & Contemporary Lessons Learned - For Your ICD-10 Project (Part 2)

Steve Sisko follows up with another set of project management tips for implementing ICD-10 coding. These are good, solid and specific action items. Please distribute to everyone on your implementation team. (ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers)

ICD-10 Training Camp: Chapter 19 – Injury, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes (S00-T88)

Did you know there's a different definition for injury in ICD-10 than in ICD-9?(Getting Paid | Kareo.com)

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, explains the overall differences between ICD-9 codes and ICD-10 codes. And from her tone, I would say she's a fan. (ICD-10 Trainer)

ICD-TEN Top Emerging News

The AHIMA published its monthly newsletter of tips and advice for transitioning to ICD-10. August's articles include:

(American Health Information Management Association)


The Wisconsin ICD-10 Partnership - the Wisconsin Hospital Association; the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative; the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health; the Wisconsin Medical Society; the WEA Trust; and the Department of Health Services - have created an online resource for Wisconsin medical coders. (Wisconsin Office of Rural Health)

ICD-10 Articles

This is a collection of posts on ICD-10 transition that starts off kind of slow. But worth sharing with someone who has never heard of ICD-10. Here's what they offer:

  1. 10 steps to gateway of smooth ICD-10 transition
  2. Overview of ICD-10
  3. Benefits of implementing ICD-10
  4. Dos & don’t of ICD 10
  5. Coping with productivity drop during ICD-10 transition
  6. Clinical documentation needs of ICD-10

Actually the last two are next level posts. I'm going to be revisiting them later. (ecare India Blog)

Dr. Halamka Speaks About Health IT–“CIOs are on Overload” and It Would be A Blessing to Stall Off ICD-10 to 2016 - The Straw Breaking the Camel’s Back

If I had awards for longest blog title of the week, The Medical Quack would get it. This post is long argument for why hospitals don't have the time or resources to plan for ICD-10. Except the vendors I talk to say they're busy because hospitals are on track with their ICD-10 planning. I wonder what this blogger would have to say about innovation. (The Medical Quack)

The Transition to D.0 and ICD-10: An Overview

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presented this information during a National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) webinar July 28, to help explain how the transitions to D.0 and ICD-10 will affect the health care industry, particularly pharmacists. (National Council for Prescription Drug Programs)

The Other 10/1/13 Milestone

They're talking about meaningful use Stage 2. It is tentatively scheduled to go live the same day as ICD-10-CM/PCS. Unless it is delayed because of all the problems it's causing. (PatientKeeper Blog)

ICD-10: Bracing for the Storm and the Coding Update Freeze

Frank Cohen, senior healthcare analyst at the Frank Cohen Group, says most healthcare providers haven't started ICD-10 planning and not a lot of people know a lot about it. (Becker's Hospital Review)

What’s Next with 5010 Implementation

Navicure's Ken Bradley lists some questions you should ask your technology vendors to reach a seamless 5010 transition. (ICD10Hub.com)