Posts Tagged ‘ICD-10’

Daily Brief: Pharmacists Decry Dangers of ‘Third World’ Type Drug Shortages in U.S.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Top medical and recall news headlines from Noblis Health Innovation for Friday, Sept. 24. Click on the underlined item for the actual link to the story:

  • Survey Reveals Frustration over Drug Shortages: Many respondents stated that the conditions associated with drug shortages during the past year have been the worst ever, without a glimmer of hope for any improvement in the near future. They feel unsupported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and perplexed regarding why the US is experiencing drug shortages of epic proportion. (more…)

Daily Brief: ICD-10 and Medical Loss Ratios

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Top medical news headlines from Noblis Health Innovation for Wednesday, Sept. 1. Click on the underlined item for the actual link to the story:

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Noblis ICD-10 Conference; Healthcare Experts Detail Strategy for Changes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

ICD-10 Expertise and readinessFALLS CHURCH – To help bring attention to the upcoming transition to the medical coding system ICD-10, Noblis Health Innovation held a panel discussion on the issue at the Noblis Innovation & Collaboration Center.

At the forum, Todd Couts, Noblis’ ICD-10 Implementation Program Manager, called the issue a potential “perfect storm” that can be avoided through planning.

The Tuesday, May 18 forum was entitled “Risk or Opportunity? Healthcare Leaders on Preparing for ICD-10” and was developed to exchange information and ideas among public and private sector stakeholders. Set for broadcast  on Federal News Radio AM 1500 on Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m, the radio show discussed the risks and opportunities of the ICD-10 transition, and how it relates to other healthcare initiatives such as healthcare reform and HITECH

The panel’s moderator was Robert J. Clerman, Noblis’ Vice President of Corporate Mission Development. Along with Couts, the panelists were Jacqueline Gibbons, Assistant Dean Health Information Management, Northern Virginia Community College; Marcia Insley, Deputy Director, Office of Health Data and Informatics at the Veterans Health Administration ; and Sonja Racke, Provider Outreach and Education Lead for National Government Services.

Each panelist discussed how the issue would affect their segment of the industry; a common concern was the difficulty of the transition.

Gibbons said that in preparation for the switch, Northern Virginia Community College has already created new timelines and training curriculums. One of the biggest changes, Gibbons said, is the need for more anatomy training. The old ICD-9 codes required a limited amount of biology. But the new scheme requires that coders have a far better understanding of anatomy and physiology. ICD-10, however, is but one of many changes coming to healthcare. Gibbons said that these must all be addressed together, because they are all connected. “None of them work in a silo.” said Gibbons.

Even for a federal government agency such as the Department of Veterans Affairs that has information systems that were built in house, the changeover will still be substantial. The agency, for instance, has stored billions of vital signs that must be protected. In addition, within the agency’s I.T. system, over 50 different applications will need to be modified.

Racke called the challenges “monumental.” Many smaller providers, she said, still use paper claims. Even when they want to make the change, they do not have the resources. “Large groups are able to make the change because they have the cashflow,” said Racke.

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Headlines: HIPAA Goes to the Clouds

Friday, May 14th, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Today’s top headlines in healthcare and patient safety for Friday, May 14, compiled by the library research department of Noblis Health Innovation:

  • Mental care stays are up in military: Mental health disorders caused more hospitalizations among U.S. troops in 2009 than any other reason, according to medical data released recently by the Pentagon. This historic high reflects the growing toll of nearly nine years of war.
  • Turning to the cloud for HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 compliance: Cloud computing has already caught on in other facets of healthcare IT – and as providers and payers prepare to meet the pending mandates, hosted services could prove a viable option.
  • TRICARE fee structure needs overhaul, says official: The Pentagon’s top policy official on Thursday called for changes in the military’s health benefits system for retirees, saying the current structure has become unsustainable in today’s economic environment.
  • Kaiser, CHW see green: Kaiser Permanente and Catholic Healthcare West have endorsed environmental guidelines for the purchase and management of I.T. equipment.

Eastern Maine Transitions to ICD-10

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Today’s top headlines in healthcare and patient safety for Thursday, May 13, compiled by the library research department of Noblis Health Innovation:

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New V.A. Hospital Campus Expansion

Monday, May 10th, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Today’s top headlines in healthcare and patient safety for Monday, May 9, compiled by the library research department of Noblis Health Innovation:

  • D.C. planners approve VA hospital expansion: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in northwest Washington will nearly double in size during the next 20 years under a master plan approved May 6 by the National Capital Planning Commission.
  • Drugs not found to be main driver of cancer care costs: The cost of treating cancer in the United States nearly doubled over the past two decades, but expensive cancer drugs may not be the main reason, according to a surprising new study reported in The Washington Post.
  • Panel endorses permanent EHR certification plan: The Health IT Policy Committee endorsed comments on a plan by the Office of the National Coordinator to offer permanent certification of electronic health record systems, including a provision to monitor EHRs after they are purchased to ensure providers are installing the proper technology.
  • EMR adoption increases hospital costs: Expenses typically rise and patient care doesn’t always improve when electronic medical records are implemented, says a study published in the journal Health Services Research.
  • ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalks: There’s got to be a better way: At a time when industry bodies and consultancies are trying to figure out how providers and payers can best transform existing ICD-9 data into the imminent ICD-10 code schemes, and the word “crosswalk” keeps being batted around, Dennis Winkler at Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan is the curious case of an ICD-10 crosswalk contrarian, says Tom Sullivan in Healthcare IT News.

Are You Ready for ICD-10? Education Effort on Preparation for Transition

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The medical code set ICD-10 will replace ICD-9. Some are now preparing for the issue.

The medical code set ICD-10 will replace ICD-9. Insurers are now preparing for the issue. Click on the document for a copy of the Noblis Insights Panel

FALLS CHURCH – Noblis Health Innovation has launched an effort to help member hospitals prepare for ICD-10, the replacement for the ICD-9 system of diagnostic and treatment codes.

The new section is online at www.noblis.org/icd10.

The section includes information on recent Noblis Insights Panel on ICD-10 where 150 top healthcare executives and thought leaders were polled on the issue of the adoption of ICD-10. It also includes:

For more information, contact Kurt Acker, Manager, at 703-610-2536 or email him at kurt.acker@noblis.org or icd10@noblis.org

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Medical Panel Explains Upcoming ICD-10 Code Adoption

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The medical code set ICD-10 will replace ICD-9. Some are now preparing for the issue.

The medical code set ICD-10 will replace ICD-9. Insurers are now preparing for the issue. Click on the document for a copy of the Noblis Insights Panel

FALLS CHURCH – Medicine is about to adopt a new language.

The language is called ICD-10, and it will completely change the descriptions that hospitals and doctors use to code patient diagnoses and treatment. The new ICD-10 code sets provide much greater detail and clinical information.  Incorrect implementation could result in delayed or denied payments.

Developed by World Health Organization

The ICD-10 medical disease classifications replace the previous code set called ICD-9. Like ICD-9, ICD-10 was developed by the World Health Organization. Insurers, hospitals and physicians use the codes to track illnesses and justify payments. Much of the rest of the world has adopted ICD-10, but U.S. adoption is behind such countries as Brazil, Canada, Russia and South Africa.

The U.S. will move to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10), effective October 1, 2013. A pre-requisite to the adoption is the implementation of HIPAA 5010, due by January  1, 2012. HIPAA 5010 is a federally mandated update to Electronic Data Interchange rules. (more…)

ICD-10 Myths Debunked

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

FALLS CHURCH – Today’s roundup of top headlines in the field of healthcare compiled by Noblis Health Innovation.

  • Theater EMR upgrade piloted in Afghanistan: An upcoming version of an electronic military medical tool will allow health providers in theaters of operation to view a patient’s entire longitudinal medical record.
  • Top 5 ICD-10 myths, debunked: Any time a transition is widely likened to Y2K, misconceptions are bound to crop up – and ICD-10 is by no means exempt from such chaos. It’s time to kill the most prominent of those myths at the root.
  • AHRQ publishes data formats for some electronic reporting: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an updated version of its common formats for patient safety data reporting that for the first time includes technical specifications for electronic reporting.
  • ONC awards $84 million to expand health IT workforce: The Office of the National Health IT Coordinator last week awarded $84 million in grants to 16 universities and junior colleges to develop education and training programs to boost the number of skilled health IT workers available to help healthcare providers over the hurdles of adopting health IT.
  • More hospitals embrace technology to manage ER wait times: Gulf Coast Medical Center, in Panama City Beach, Fla., is one of the most recent hospitals to implement text-messaging technology to keep potential patients abreast of emergency room wait times.

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Headlines: CMS Calls for ICD-10 Code Freeze

Monday, March 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON – As of October 1, 2011, the federal government will limit updates to medical codes. The freeze is so that providers, payers, clearinghouses, and health IT vendors, will not have to simultaneously keep pace with code updates while also reconfiguring their existing systems for the new ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. This news according to reporter Tom Sullivan of Healthcare IT News.

Other headlines in the field of healthcare, compiled daily by the library services department of Noblis Health Innovation:

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