Week in Review: Starting 2012 with advice on how to start your ICD-10 projects

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

I think I started the new year right with some good advice for healthcare professionals.

My first post of 2012 suggested some resolutions that can help our ICD-10 planning. Then I tackled an issue that's been bugging me for a while.

Are Meaningful Use (MU) and ICD-10 complimentary or competing initiatives?

While my interview with George Schwend, president and CEO of Health Language, may not end any debate,  it explains how electronic health record (EHR) projects can satisfy MU requirements and set the stage for ICD-10 adoption.

Thoughts on the Year Ahead

John D. Halamka, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, doesn't see anything complimentary in the ICD-10 transition. As he looks at 2012, he explains the impact of ICD-10 implementation:

"Despite the best efforts of many people to explain the burden of ICD10 and the lack of benefit, it appears that ICD10 will continue forward with a October 1, 2013 implementation date. BIDMC will spend $500,000 on application analysis, education, and project planning, then an unknown amount could be $5 million or more on remediation of vendor systems. I predict that 25% of the capacity of IT will be consumed by ICD10 in 2012. If we're lucky and have a perfect go live, no one will notice. Depressing."

Honestly, I'm hoping this doesn't amount to a self-fulfilling prophecy.  (Life as a Healthcare CIO)

Survey Says: Healthcare payers slow to start ICD-10 planning, replace old IT systems

It's not just the hospitals who will have issues with reaching ICD-10 compliance. A recent survey found some payers have a lot of work to do. A major part of the problem is that many of their IT systems are decades old. (ICD-10 Watch)

ICD-10 Training: Can payers help healthcare providers?

I'm suggesting that payers can help train medical coders for the hospitals and medical practices in their systems. There's some economies of scale that can lessen the financial burden and make the medical claims process more efficient. (ICD-10 Watch)

It's 2012, and do you know where your HIPAA 5010 transactions are?

Ken Bradley recommends you pay attention to what's happening to your medical claims now that they are supposed to be HIPAA 5010 compliant.. (ICD-10 Watch)

Six Guiding Principles for ICD-10 Training

Mary H. Stanfill, vice president of Health Information Management Services, outlines six principles that will help providers plan successful ICD-10 training programs:

  1. Customize training to the role
  2. Assess competence and tailor training to the individual
  3. Provide training at the right time
  4. Leverage the full implementation time span
  5. Employ varied training methodologies
  6. Leverage training organization-wide


ICD-10 Coding Will Change Documentation

Some specific tips to help your ICD-10 transition team address documentation issues in a practice. (AAPC Physician Services)

Getting Ready for International Classification of Diseases

This overview of ICD-10 coding is written for dermatology professionals. The examples are restricted to dermatology situations but that doesn't make it less useful to anyone who needs to catch up on the basics. (Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association)

ICD-10-PCS root operations: Removal isn’t what you think

An explanation of what "removal" means in the ICD-10-PCS codes. (ICD-10 Trainer)

ICD-10 tip of the week: Can a complication code be used with a surgical aftercare V code?

"Complications always trump aftercare." (Minnesota HomeCare Association's Nurse Consultant BLOG)

Top 12 Healthcare Quality Concerns in 2012

ICD-10 makes this list at No. 8. Which serves as a good reminder of how much is happening in healthcare beyond medical coding. (HealthLeaders Media)

Buying spree

A couple healthcare information technology firms (HIT) expanded by purchasing other HIT businesses: