Week in Review: Trying to figure out the true costs of Meaningful Use & ICD-10

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

It has been another week of trying to figure out how much Meaningful Use is going to cost. I have all that and more in this week's review.

[ICD10 Watch Poll: Are Meaningful Use and ICD-10 conflicting or complementary initiatives?]

Can you offset ICD-10 costs with competing HIT projects?

Big brother Tom Sullivan mentions that I'm making the case that initiatives such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10 could coincide. That could mean that the money invested in one could help you comply with the other. In the healthcare industry, there is a lot of doubt and hope regarding the possibility. If the issue gets resolved soon, I don't know what we will have to write about. (Government Health IT)

The HIT Trifecta: Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010

Not to beat a dead horse (Is there an ICD-10 code for that?), but Perficient explains the benefits of implementing all three of these iniatives/mandates in a white paper. Which I couldn't download because of a strange error message on their website. Hopefully I can read it soon. (Perficient Healthcare)

The Challenges of ICD10 Implementation

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, makes a thoughtful argument that ICD-10 implementation will raise healthcare overhead costs. (Life as a Healthcare CIO)

Considering the Costs of Implementing ICD-10

An overview of how much ICD-10 implementation will cost for medical providers. (Medical Billing and Coding Certification)

ICD-10 Coding: Is it brain surgery?

There's a lot of talk about how complicated ICD-10 coding is. To find out, I consulted a Canadian neurosurgeon and asked her if ICD-10 coding is like brain surgery. All kidding aside, her real-world perspective is very interesting. (ICD10 Watch)

IT Governance

I spent some time talking to Susan Haseley, a managing director and global healthcare leader at Protiviti, about what is IT governance and how it applies to ICD-10 implementation:

(ICD10 Watch)

ICD-10 Granularity: Why you need to take advantage of the data

I found three reasons why healthcare providers need to be ready to analyze the detail that ICD-10 codes will be providing. (ICD10 Watch)

5 tips for ICD-10 success

Melanie Endicott, manager of professional practice resources at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), offers some tips for creating a successful ICD-10 transition. (Healthcare IT News)

ICD-10-CM/PCS MS-DRG Grouper Q&A

Ron Mills explains why converting ICD-9 codes to ICD10 possibilities is so hard. Reminds me of Gillian Price's advice to not even try to use crosswalks. (3M Health Information Systems)

AHIMA: More Health Providers Preparing for ICD-10 Transition

An AHIMA survey says 85% of responding health care organization had started working on an ICD-10 transition plan, up from 62% in 2010. (iHealthBeat)

Getting Down To Business On ICD-10

Anthony Guerra explains why it's time to stop procrastination on your ICD-10 transition. (HealthSystemCIO.com)

Guest Post: Top 5 potential HIPAA 5010 rejections

Jackie Griffin, manager of training and project implementation at Gateway EDI, explains five reasons your claims could be denied after Jan. 1. (ICD10 Watch)

HIPAA 5010: Understanding Two Important New Requirements

Ken Bradley reviews the two top items that can trigger a claim denial after the HIPAA 5010 deadline: the provider's address and zip codes. (Daily Practice Blog)

CMS continues ICD-10 resource rollout

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have a guide - Medicare FFS Claims Processing Guidance for Implementing ICD-10 (PDF) - that explains when you need to use ICD-9 codes after the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline. (Government Health IT)

CDI Best Practices and Evolving Technology

Sort of advance notice that 3M is working on some clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools to make it easier to generate ICD-9 codes and ICD-10 codes. (3M Health Information Systems)