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  •  Facilities will change over to ICD-10, whether... (5+ / 0-)

    they want to or not, because:  Failure to meet upcoming deadlines could mean major disruptions in claims payments for healthcare organizations. While it will cost to make the conversion it will probably cost much more to miss the conversion deadline:

    While most providers are busy deploying financial, technology, and people resources to meet the Meaningful Use program requirements in the hope of obtaining large government bonuses, these payments--between $44,000 and $63,000 per eligible professional--are a drop in the bucket compared to the revenue your organization could lose if you miss the ICD-10 conversion deadlines. To put it bluntly, ignoring the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline could mean zero payments coming in for patient care.
    •  not sure you had heard (8+ / 0-)

      But some members of the AMA have recently made some very large noises about refusing to go along.

      In essence they told Congress to put a stop on the upcoming implementation.

      from what I understand, it's actually being considered.

      That would be hugely costly for all the entities and organizations that have all ready started preparing for this.

      This involves new software, new interfaces to existing software, publications of new coding manuals and training for not only coding, but billing staff, etc.

      We are within 20 months of go live. the fuse has been lit.

      i agree, it is unlikely that the deadline will be delayed. But the resistance to the change is just going to make the transition so much harder.

      “Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”-Aristophanes

      by karma13612 on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:35:33 PM PST

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      •  It would certainly be chaotic, and costly... (1+ / 0-)
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        to scrap the program.  Maybe the AMA & others with concerns about going to ICD-10 should have used the 21 years since ICD-10 was approved by World Health Assembly in May 1990 to voice their concerns and/or prevent it's implementation before so many facilities invested so much money into switching over to ICD-10?  OTOH, it does seem that the powers that be didn't give quite enough thought to or quite enough problem-solving into dealing with the difficulty that would be involved in the switch over.  It all is a bit of a mess at this point.

        But, despite the difficulties, American Health Information Management Association Calls for Continued Progress in ICD-10 Implementation:

        Chicago – Feb. 14, 2012 – In response to today’s announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner that she would “reexamine” the ICD-10 implementation timeframe through a rulemaking process, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) encouraged the healthcare community to continue to prepare for the ICD-10 transition and not delay or suspend efforts to meet the ICD-10 current compliance deadline of Oct. 1, 2013.

        “This is a promise from CMS to examine the timeline, not to change it,” said Dan Rode, MBA, CHPS, FHFMA, vice president for advocacy and policy at AHIMA. “But government officials are sending mixed signals that many in the healthcare community will interpret as a reason for
        delay. This concerns AHIMA and our constituents as any delay in the transition preparation for ICD-10 will both increase actual costs and may diminish the value of other Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, including Meaningful Use...”


        And:  Staying the Course with ICD-10: HIMSS Attendees Pledge Progress

        What are providers, payers, suppliers and clearinghouses doing in the wake of the unexpected announcement by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that it plans to delay implementation of the ICD-10 system?

        In general, HIMSS conference attendees (vendors, payers, and providers) are very disappointed with the potential delay and are waiting to see what the HHS final rule will say. They also say they will continue to move forward with plans to implement I-10.  That was the consensus this morning among panelists who were calling in from the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibit in Las Vegas during Talk-Ten-Tuesday, the ICD-10monitor podcast.

        •  AHIMA has been very supportive of the (1+ / 0-)
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          On the other hand, the other coding association, America Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) was more hesitant and continued to press for more time in the past. I think they are on board now, for sure.

          As I have been saying for quite some time, while listening to the AMA dig their heels in, they should concentrate on getting ready for the transition. And if they have more energy left over, and want to raise awareness on vital issues, they should pick from one of these current hot topics:

          1) Critical shortages of life saving drugs.
          2) Government initiated Mandates on unnecessary tests for women wanting abortions.

          there are lots more, but these two spring to mind.

          “Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”-Aristophanes

          by karma13612 on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 08:00:43 PM PST

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