What HIT Pros Need to Know About ICD-10

Wed, Apr 7, 2010

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Is ‘Crash’ the Sound We’ll Hear When ICD-10 and HITECH collide?

Here’s something I don’t hear too many people talk about, but it could be a really big challenge for health information technology. There are two fast-moving trains that just may collide over the coming months.

Train #1: Medical reimbursement pros have a deadline to implement ICD-10 by 2013

Train #2: Providers are scurrying to install EMR systems that will get them ARRA incentives and help them avoid penalties.

Will those EMR systems be able to handle the demands of ICD-10? If you’re wondering what the deal is with ICD-10, here’s a basic primer from the medical coding and billing side.

NO ‘rolling’ implementations: No matter what kind of health care provider you are, the ICD-10 deadline applies to you. “I must stress quite strongly that Oct. 1, 2013 will be the date that everyone will begin to use ICD-10,”…

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