Tag Archives: ICD-10 Series

Build an ICD-10 rapid response team for revenue emergencies

Now that ICD-10 is a reality in the U.S. health care environment, providers are finding that October 1, 2015, didn’t bring with it the D-Day scenario they thought it might. But they also know ICD-10-related challenges that aren’t apparent now might manifest themselves in the coming months. Providers were certainly ready to submit claims come […]
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Positive signs in early results — reasons for optimism regarding ICD-10 productivity

One of the biggest unknowns of the ICD-10 implementation is the effect on coding productivity. Experts have estimated the expected loss in productivity post-ICD-10 as HIM professionals climb the learning curve, and studies of other countries’ post-ICD-10 loss unveil valuable insights. One of the best studies on time loss published in 2014 revealed that participants […]
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A saving grace? What the new grace period does and does not mean for ICD-10 unspecified coding

With the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of a ‘grace period’ related to ICD-10 coding specificity for Part B physician claims, there is a spotlight on unspecified ICD-10 codes. But how much will HIM leaders need to worry about unspecified codes? According to a recent review of more than 30,000 dual-coded […]
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Ten principles to help you engage providers around ICD-10

With less than three months until the ICD-10 go-live date, you may still be having trouble engaging providers around the new code set. If so, that’s not surprising. While we know that patient care will ultimately benefit from ICD-10’s increased specificity and data detail, doctors are focused on the here and now. And frankly, they […]
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Maximize Clinical Documentation Improvement Potential for ICD-10 and Beyond

In this installment of our ongoing ICD-10 Education Series, we’ll discuss opportunities to improve clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs as part of preparations for ICD-10 and beyond. Information is driving change in the way health care organizations provide care for patients and streamline business practices. The amount and quality of medical information available to stakeholders […]
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Take Your ICD-10 Training Efforts to the Next Level

When it comes to ICD-10, we are truly all in it together. The interconnectedness of the people and processes across the health system—from patient intake through final payment—means everyone and everything is impacted in ways big and small by the new coding standard. In April, we offered some advice for planning a comprehensive ICD-10 training […]
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Obstacle or Opportunity? Make ICD-10 Work for Your Organization

“The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill Because the processes for coding health care diagnoses and treatments touch nearly every aspect of the health care system, replacing the outdated ICD-9 system carries certain risks. And while some continue to debate whether and how to implement the change, others recognize the reality of […]
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Natural Language Processing Technology Will be Critical to ICD-10 Success

It seems October is becoming a critical month for change in the health system. The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act will come to life in October 2013. Twelve very short months later, our transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS system for coding medical documentation will be complete.

ICD-10 Ready: Translating Code Sets Essential to Mitigating Potential Reimbursement Changes

In April, Optum kicked off an 18-month effort to provide practical steps health care organizations can take to make their journey to ICD-10-CM/PCS successful, regardless how much—or how little—progress they’ve made toward implementing the new standard.

ICD-10 Ready: Don’t overlook the importance of enterprise-wide training

Eighteen months is a lifetime. What do you remember about October 2011? Google reminded me that, among other things, the movie Moneyball was in theaters and, speaking of baseball, the Saint Louis Cardinals won the World Series that month.