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Has Hell Frozen Over? AMA Seemingly Accepts ICD-10 2015 Date and CMS Makes Some Concessions to Appease Physicians Worries

Given the AMA’s steadfast and relentless attacks on ICD-10, It came as quite a shock when I read this announcement from CMS.  It appears CMS, while holding to the 10/1/15 compliance date, is meeting some of many physician’s fears regarding hiccups that could happen after the go-live date w/a possible increase in pends and denials.

What are your thoughts?  Did this come as a surprise to you?  Do you think we are out of the woods in regards to any last ditch efforts to delay the 10/1/15 date—again?

It May Just Happen: Congress May Finally Fix the Medicare “Doc Fix” SGR Issue Once and For All.

A little over a year ago, I had no idea how important the 3 letters ‘SGR’ would mean to ICD-10 compliance even though it had nothing to do w/this federal medical coding mandate.  As we would soon find out, it ended up being very important.  We all shortly found out the  Sustainable Growth Rate matter concerning automatic cuts to physician’s Medicare payments had for years been patched but the issue never resolved.  Finally, momentum may be mounting in Congress to finally get this resolved once and for all.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this legislation does not contain any further ICD-10 compliance delay language.  Do you share in my dream or do you scoff?

ICD-10 Has Another Hearing in Capital Hill. What Transpired?

The Health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a public hearing regarding the state of the ICD-10 implementation within the healthcare industry.  My first thoughts were, “No!  Not yet another opportunity to inject politics into this discussion!!!”  However, by most indications, the discussion went pretty well for ICD-10 proponents.  Representatives from AHIMA, providers, and vendors spoke on the importance of staying the course and why the transition from ICD-9 is sorely needed.  To present both sides of the argument for and against implementation, there was a physician representative present that made his case on why the implementation should not occur or at least should be delayed.  Some accounts state this witness did not do the best job at stating the anti-implementation case.

Read more here.

As 2014 Nears an End, What Do You Think the Top 10 Health IT Stories Were?

As 2015 is nearly upon us, it’s time for us to reflect on the past year and what has occurred throughout the year.  For healthcare, it’s been quite a bit of a ride.  Since I’ve been exclusively on an ICD-10 implementation since 2010, the major story of the year was the delay of the ICD-10 compliance date that was snuck into the SGR bill in March.  I would argue to say that blindsided all of us no matter what side of the provider/payer/vendor fence you are on.

According to Govhealthit.com, here are some of their top health IT stories of 2014 outside of the ICD-10 compliance date delay:

1) Prescriptive instead of predictive analytics

2) ONC 10 year operability roadmap

3) Epic is more interoperable than conventional wisdom allows

4) Apple/IBM partnership

What are your top health IT stories of 2014?


Latest News on the ICD-10 Date Roller Coaster: No Delay in Compliance Date

As mentioned last week, there were rampant rumors that ICD-10 compliance date delay language was to be inserted into the federal omnibus spending bill that was before congress last week.  The industry (minus a few physician groups in 3 states) breathed a collective sigh of relief as this did not materialize in the final drafts submitted to the House of Representatives nor the Senate.  In fact, congressional leaders released a statement reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 date:

As we look ahead to the implementation date of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015, we will continue our close communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that the deadline can successfully be met by stakeholders. This is an important milestone in the future of health care technologies, and it is essential that we understand the state of preparedness at CMS. Following the most recent delay of ICD-10, we heard from a number of interested parties concerned about falling behind or halting progress. We would like to acknowledge and thank these organizations and individuals for opening up this dialogue and expressing their thoughts and concerns regarding this issue. It is our priority to ensure that we continue to move forward in health care technology and do so in a way that addresses the concerns of all those affected and ensure that the system works.”

However, that doesn’t mean that we are out of the dark just yet.  As we saw w/the insertion of the delay language last March, the same SGR renewal bill is set to renew this spring.