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Get ready for the end of ICD-10 'flexibilities'

By Joseph Conn  |  August 19, 2016

The CMS has issued an 11-page list of questions and answers to better guide providers in using ICD-10 codes when tighter guidelines come into effect this October.

Blog: Industry applauds heads-up on thousands of new ICD-10 codes

By Joseph Conn  |  March 23, 2016

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.

Blog: ICD-10 coding problem could mean yearlong delay

By Joseph Conn  |  February 29, 2016

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.

Devin Jopp steps down as CEO of WEDI

By Joseph Conn  |  January 13, 2016

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.

Entrepreneur draws out the whimsy in health IT

Entrepreneur draws out the whimsy in health IT

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 31, 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.

A few blips mar ICD-10 rollout

By Joseph Conn  |  October 30, 2015

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.

ICD-10 milestone reached without major disruption

By Joseph Conn  |  October 16, 2015

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.

ICD-10 earthquake caused barely a shake

ICD-10 earthquake caused barely a shake

By Joseph Conn and Bob Herman  |  October 02, 2015

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.

CMS preps for an upload and a shutdown

CMS preps for an upload and a shutdown

By Joseph Conn  |  September 26, 2015

Just a few days before the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10, the CMS is preparing for another deadline—a possible government shutdown.

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