Providers are grateful to have gotten a few months' advance notice on thousands of new ICD-10 codes. The CMS and the CDC had delayed releasing new codes because of the long, drawn-out, nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes.
An expert in ICD-10 says the CMS failed to issue a code for a covered imaging procedure and that the agency is being lax in fixing the mistake. That means some radiologists might have to wait more than a year to receive payment.
The organization helped the nation transition successfully to the ICD-10 code system. WEDI serves the private and public sectors and comprises doctors, hospitals, health plans, laboratories, pharmacies, vendors, government regulators and other industry stakeholders.
High prescription drug prices pushed aside the never-ending wrangling over the Affordable Care Act as healthcare's No. 1 political and policy issue in 2015.
Niko Skievaski, the 28-year-old Madison, Wis., entrepreneur who in late 2013 brought the public Struck by Orca, a whimsical art book based on some of the stranger new ICD-10 codes, has branched out into further health information technology oddities.
While overall claims processing under ICD-10 appears to be going smoothly, reports from the field indicate there are a few problem areas that still need fixing.
A predicted precipitous drop in claims submissions has not materialized midway through the first month of ICD-10 implementation. There were worries that inadequate physician documentation and coding complexity could lead to disruptions.
Smaller physician practices had trouble during an otherwise smooth launch of the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedural codes conversion.
Health information technology cognoscenti predict most large hospitals and health systems, physician groups and health plans can handle the numerous, complex and very specific new codes. Any cramps will appear later as providers' cash flows get hit by delayed reimbursements.
Decades after work began on developing the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, most providers jumped off the ICD-10 pier with fingers crossed at midnight Thursday. And by most accounts, the first day went off without a hitch.
Just a few days before the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10, the CMS is preparing for another deadline—a possible government shutdown.
The required Oct. 1 conversion to the ICD-10 coding system will be worth the costs and headaches, supporters say. With up to seven alphanumeric characters in ICD-10 compared with a maximum of four numeric digits in ICD-9, there will be lots more room for the codes to accommodate new medical...