It's true that there is danger in not stopping to smell the roses. Yet, in long-term care, it's understandable if you do just that, given how many hassles are tossed your way.
Despite two delays and a host of costly implementation issues over the past year, most healthcare providers will likely make a successful transition to the 10th round of ICD codes, a General Accountability Office report has concluded.
Providers will receive needed coding and billing software six months before the ICD-10 transition date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. This is double the lead time that providers had for a planned 2014 transition, which was delayed by a year.
As providers get back into gear for the ICD-10 changes to hit in 2015, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a free online tool to help healthcare facilities determine where more time and effort will be needed to prepare for the transition.
There's a looming massive report on all the hospital readmissions data in your area and the strategic plan your facility needs to pursue. It involves talking to lots of employees, gathering data, doing statistics and the actual writing, not to mention proofreading, and having your boss sign off on it. It's due Oct. 15.
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There are many parts of attending annual big conferences that I love, from seeing old industry friends to attending good sessions. But I also, not so secretly, love the exhibit halls — for several reasons.
The delay of ICD-10 implementation by one year has many in the long-term care industry wondering what they should do next. Some organizations initiated physician and coder training during the first quarter of 2014, while others were in the planning stage of engaging physicians to ensure a smooth transition.
What significant changes in Medicare occurred for us in 2014?
President Barack Obama signed legislation that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018.
American HealthTech has passed the ICD-10 claim test for Medicare Billing 837i and Form CMS-UB04, the company announced.
Is that how everyone is feeling about the ICD-10 delays? Well, that's how I'm feeling. We almost got within the six-month window for implementation. Just when we were all geared up and ready to go, the government pushes the deadlines out again for one more year.
LINTECH and HCS Software both passed National ICD-10 testing administrated through the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The procrastination is over for the conversion to ICD-10 coding. After the third postponement of the start date last year, officials are adamant about starting the new format Oct. 1.
What is ICD-10? What does this mean for nurses?
Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10April 01, 2014
Both houses of Congress now have passed legislation to tie skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening. Prominent long-term care provider associations LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living supported the bill.
Skilled nursing facilities could see reimbursements tied to their number of hospital readmissions starting in 2018, under Medicare legislation announced by House and Senate leaders Wednesday. The bill also would delay the transition to the ICD-10 coding system for a year and prevent scheduled payment cuts to physicians.
AOD Software has achieved successful ICD-10 testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, with clean 999 ACK and 277CA claim detail reports, the company has announced.
Providers could lose Medicaid money and patient information due to ICD-10 transition, researchers findMarch 13, 2014
Healthcare providers could experience financial and information losses when they make the mandated transition to the new International Classification of Diseases coding system in October, according to researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Divurgent, a healthcare IT consulting group, has announced a strategic partnership with Medsphere Systems Corporation.
With ICD-10 transition date firm and testing imminent, Medicare agency releases new provider resourcesFebruary 28, 2014
Long-term care providers can refer to newly released materials about looming ICD-10 testing and the overall transition to the new coding system, but they should not expect any delay in the Oct. 1 transition date, according to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CodeSmart Holdings Inc. is launching the CDI Smart™ Software and Smart Code™ Reference Tool during the HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference this week in Orlando, FL.
A new transmittal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides details about its four-part approach to implementing ICD-10 codes for Medicare fee-for-service claims. Medicare providers will be required to use these codes for dates of service on and after Oct. 1, 2014.
ChartWise Medical Systems Inc. has unveiled ChartWise 2.0, a new software platform that supports ICD-9 and ICD-10.
Jon Melling, a Pivot Point partner, has been appointed as the chairman of the Health Business Solutions Committee for Healthcare Information Management Systems Society through fiscal year 2015.
American HealthTech has announced the launch of comprehensive ICD-10 educational and support resources available to its customer base via the company's MyHealthTech portal.
Have you started your countdown clocks yet? It looks like it's definitely happening this year on Oct. 1, 2014. The transitions from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding will 100% absolutely take effect for the entire healthcare system, including therapy. So what is this big change all about? Per CMS, here are a couple of key facts everyone should be preparing for.
MDI Achieve has said its MatrixCare electronic health record includes a comprehensive library of ICD-10 diagnosis codes.
Healthcare providers should start preparing for the fall 2014 implementation of ICD-10 codes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services experts advised during a webinar yesterday. ICD-10 codes will replace ICD-9 codes on Oct. 1, 2014. They apply to all Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act-compliant healthcare provider reports, including MDS 3.0.
Providers looking to learn more about ICD-10 and its impending transition are invited to attend the ICD-10 Basics webinar at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 22. The event is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.