Webinar: Ensure ICD-10 Sucess

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Ask the Expert: How to Ensure ICD-10 Success

Wednesday, August 12th, 12 p.m. ET

The October 1 deadline is nearly here, and if your practice isn’t prepared for ICD-10, your cash flow could take a serious hit. In this free webinar, our resident ICD-10 expert will help you assess your practice’s readiness, and discuss crucial strategies to ensure you thrive through the transition.

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Webinar: Keeping Community Hospitals Thriving & Independent

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Wednesday, June 24th, 12 p.m. ET

From coast to coast, community, rural, and critical access hospitals are facing industry change and asking themselves how they’ll survive as an independent organization—or if it’s possible at all. Is your hospital among them?

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Webinar- Your ICD-10 Checklist: Getting Ready for October 1

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Wednesday, June 17th, 12 p.m. ET

ICD-10 is less than 4 months away. Not only do you need to know how ICD-10 will impact your practice, but it is also critical to understand how to plan readiness with other vendors and payers that impact your organizations success.  Without a proactive plan for readiness and risk mitigation, your practice could be facing a difficult and costly transition. So how can you tell if you’re on the right track?
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Why physicians are changing their EHRs

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To start off I am new to the industry and have been inundated with copious amounts of information.  I have to admit; at first it was confusing and overwhelming. As I become more educated about the process of Meaningful Use Stage 2 achievement, the required implementation of ICD-10, and the various other factors that make up EHRs / EMRs; it appears that the growing trend is physicians are not pleased with their current EHR / EMR.  Some of the key issues that I see trending lately are cost, functionality, and support.  There have been recent articles and surveys (medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com) stating that almost 70% of physicians are unhappy with their current EHR / EMR.  While physicians are receiving government incentives (HITECH Act) to comply; it does not seem to offset the costs.


ICD-10: Ignorance is Not Bliss – Part 2

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The ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2014 draws nearer every day. While many individuals in healthcare believe this initiative to impact only coders and billing staff, that misconception will certainly prove detrimental on many levels. All involved in the patient care experience will be impacted, even the patient (as introduced in ICD-10: Ignorance is Not Bliss – Part 1.) In Part 2 of this 4 part series, we will continue to follow our patient through her post-ICD-10 experience. When we last left off, Doris Jones was waiting for an exorbitant amount of time in the clinic waiting room to see her doctor. After an hour, she is finally checked in and called back by the Medical Assistant.

Scenario: Please Visit Ignorance is Not Bliss – Part 1 for Mrs. Jones’ situation.

Now let’s see just how this change really can affect everyone…

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ICD-10: Ignorance is Not Bliss – Part 1

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By now, most individuals working in Healthcare have heard of ICD-10. The varying degrees of familiarity with the new diagnostic and procedure code set are as varied as the individual reactions to its upcoming required implementation. Some individuals shudder in fear as the diagnosis codes leap from ~13,000 codes in ICD-9 to ~60,000 in ICD-10 (not to mention the ~76,000 procedure codes that will now be required for use in the Inpatient environment.) Some individuals (certainly most coders and billers) can not sleep at night knowing the learning curve, productivity slowdown, and likely revenue loss that this initiative will certainly yield. Perhaps most disturbing, however, is that many individuals (including providers) believe that ICD-10 will not have an impact on their staff, their work, their finances, or the patient experience.

That, unfortunately, is a scary and fallacious understanding of what is ahead. ICD-10 will impact everyone. To make the point, I offer an example of a basic patient office visit.

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I’m a Doctor. I treat Patients. Knowing ICD-10 codes is the Coder’s Job!

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The title of this article seems reasonable and appropriate. Unfortunately, it is patently false!

By now you are probably likely acclimated to (perhaps even enjoying!) the ‘touch once’ method of encounter documentation, in which you dictate, click and/or type through patient visit documentation. Once the patient leaves the office, you are 100% done with the documentation. Although this may not always be possible, this serves as the preferred method to complete your charting.

With the impending changes that ICD-10 will bring, you are all but assured of the requirement to re-touch a large number of your charts if you have not been properly trained in the methodology of ICD-10 billing.

What does this mean? Why is this?

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ICD-10 Training Timeline: Are You Already Behind the Curve?

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ICD-10 looms over Healthcare in America ominously. Many studies project that a tremendous number of ambulatory medical practices will have very significant cash flow shortfalls . Many of them actually may declare bankruptcy, because of the draconian changes in the required billing processes on October 1st, 2014.  A number of sources of information, including the Federal government at CMS, as seen at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Downloads/ICD10SmallMediumChecklistTimeline.pd encourage immediate action!

Don’t get caught short.  Arm yourself with the  knowledge that will prove vital to your practice.  Just as it took a year to learn anatomy, it will take your office a year to undertake the painful migration to using ICD-10 for all of your billing.  To state the obvious, if you are not using ICD-10 for all medical services on or after October 1st, 2014, you will not be paid!

To state the less obvious, this is not an issue only for your billing department.  You, the physician, will need to either:

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ICD-10: The Price of Ignorance

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You’ve just been through the nightmarish attestation process for Meaningful Use Stage I and Stage II.  Perhaps, you have even received the sought after Federal stimulus dollars.  Even worse, you’ve struggled through the transition to become a meaningful user of a certified Electronic Health Record, but you haven’t quite caught up yet.  You purchased the wrong system at first and are migrating from one system to another.  Sadly, this is an extraordinarily frequent problem.

You deserve a break.  Unfortunately, with upcoming compliance initiatives , shifting government policies, and Meaningful Use Stage III right around the corner, this can not be so. Now comes an equally daunting task, and one which puts your entire practice’s finances at even more risk than did the migration to an EHR.

As you probably have heard, you will not be paid for any medical services that are provided on or after October 1st, 2014, unless you bill for them using the ICD-10 code set.

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EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform

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We certainly have come a long way since the early days of electronic medical records.  When you reflect back to the early days you might remember when e-prescribing and charting were two different types of technology offerings and of course today almost nobody operates an medical record system without e-prescribing being an included module.  Continue reading: EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform

2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is the largest in the information technology field in the U.S. and features:

  • More than 29,000 healthcare industry experts are expected to attend HIMSS11 and learn about the latest solutions for improving healthcare through IT.
    • The number of registrants from hospitals and health networks has increased by approximately 28% from 2010.
    • Total professional registration is outpacing 2010 registration by approximately 30%.
  • More than 300 education sessions on hot topics such as meaningful use standards, certification and criteria, ARRA and government contributions to advancing health IT, the need for nationwide electronic health records, and health IT privacy and security practices. Find out more about pre-conference symposia, including 5010 & ICD-10, HIE, Physicians’ IT and more at http://www.himssconference.org/education/symposia.aspx
  • More than 900 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – showcasing their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches in over 380,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and member of President Obama’s economic transition board.
  • The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, and David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael J. Fox, Actor and Founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Richard Boyd, Chief Architect for Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs

Find out more about the lineup of top government speakers at HIMSS11.


Informative Sessions and New, Innovative Technology:

The HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase exhibit provides a full landscape of health IT solutions, live demonstrations of interoperability, and educational opportunities that connect thousands of health IT buyers and end-users to answer your most complex health IT questions. The Showcase will be located in Exhibit Booth #7343 in Hall E during extended showroom hours. For more information, please see the HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase online at http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/interop.aspx.

The HIMSS Medical Banking Project will host the second G7 roundtable discussion during the 9th National Medical Banking Institute and announce its collaboration with the World Bank. This roundtable will examine the new federal effort to implement operating rules in conjunction with HIPAA-mandated electronic health data transactions. All HIMSS members can register for this event by visiting: https://www.compusystems.com/jsp/AttendeeReg/HIMSS11/HIMSSRegistration.htm.

New HIMSS Latino Initiative will work to identify information technology solutions to improve the quality of healthcare, increase access to care, and reduce the cost of healthcare among the United States’ growing Hispanic population. Estimated at 16 percent today, by the year 2050, 30 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be Hispanic/Latino. During HIMSS11, the HIMSS Latino Initiative will host a complimentary program featuring a keynote speech by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, panel discussions on health disparities and overcoming barriers to health IT adoption in the Hispanic community, and a networking reception. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.himss.org/advocacy/about_latinoInitiative.asp.

New conferences within HIMSS11:

HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge: This conference offers sessions throughout HIMSS11 on emerging technologies, innovation in IT and other advances, all focused to help attendees learn more about the future of patient care today. There are 12 interactive sessions that include panel discussions, a contest to identify the most innovative technology, an agile programming demonstration, and educational opportunities all offered through the week. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/x0/default.aspx to learn more.

Leading from the Future: A Thought Leadership Event on ACOs: This conference offers six presentations on the topic of Accountable Care Organizations to give provider executives the chance to learn about the issues – and IT ramifications – connected to the transformation of accountable care. Topics covered include ACO qualification criteria, payment methodologies and incentives, and performance measurement and reporting. Presenters include executives at provider organizations who have made the transition to accountable care. The conference begins Wed., Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. and ends Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. Visit http://www.himssconference.org/future/ for more information.

Editor’s Note: For more information, visit www.himssconference.org. All HIMSS11 news may be viewed and downloaded at http://press.himss.org.


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Visit our website at www.himss.org to learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause.