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WEDI ICD-10 Post-implementation Survey Results Released

Smooth Transition; Industry is Now Focused on Other Initiatives

RESTON, Va. — May 9, 2016 WEDI, the nation’s leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of its findings from its March 2016 ICD-10 post-implementation survey. In the May 2 letter to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, WEDI shared survey results and an analysis of the responses on the ICD-10 transition following the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation.

“WEDI has played a tremendous role in educating the industry and helping to best ease the impacts of the ICD-10 transition for many years,” said Jean Narcisi, chair of WEDI. “We wanted this post-implementation survey to be a closing chapter of assessment on why the transition went so well overall and to also leverage specific lessons learned for future large implementations.”

Some key observations from the survey results include the following:

  • Response rate: This survey had a low response rate in relation to prior surveys, possibly indicating the reassignment of ICD-10 project personnel and likely a lack of interest in further ICD-10-related activities that are not operational in nature.
  • Impact of delays: While the changes to the compliance date added cost for many organizations and caused a lack of momentum, all sectors also indicated that the delays improved the ability to perform testing and resulted in a smoother transition.
  • Cost: Vendor and health plan respondents indicated that the cost of implementation was on target with expectations or was more than anticipated. While the majority of provider responses also indicated that costs were in line with expectations or higher, many providers responded that costs were less than expected.
  • Return on investment (ROI): The majority of respondents indicated that they did not expect to realize any ROI with ICD-10.
  • Productivity: The impact to productivity was primarily neutral for vendors and health plans, but there was a slight decrease in productivity for providers.
  • Information sources: All respondents indicated that CMS and WEDI resources were very helpful along with coding materials from industry organizations.
  • Key lessons: Some common themes reflected in the responses indicate the value of starting early, communicating with trading partners and conducting extensive testing.

More information on WEDI events and ICD-10 work products are also available on the WEDI website at www.wedi.org/workgroups/icd-10.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

May 9, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Independent Practices Outperform Industry in ICD-10 Transition

Kareo handled more than 6.6 million ICD-10 claims, representing more than $735M in claims value

IRVINE, Calif.–Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for independent medical practices, today announced that 99 percent of claims submitted in the first month of the ICD-10 coding transition were successful. Additionally, 87 percent of Kareo customers have already been paid for at least one submitted claim.

“In October, we saw close to 6.6 million electronic claims representing more than $735 million submitted through Kareo using the ICD-10 coding scheme,” said David Mitzenmacher, Vice President of Customer Success at Kareo. “Based on our data, independent practices using Kareo handled the transition with ease, a testament to their preparation efforts. Compared to results released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for October, practices using Kareo appear to have outperformed the larger healthcare industry in terms of the ICD-10 transition.”

Kareo also surveyed its customer base directly to gauge its experience with the transition. Based on customer responses, 57 percent of respondents considered the ICD-10 transition “easy” or “very easy.” Just three percent of respondents considered the transition “difficult,” or “very difficult.” The remaining 40 percent considered the event “moderate.”

To summarize, Kareo and its customers have seen:

  • 6.6 million ICD-10 claims submitted in the first month
  • 99% of customers submitted at least one ICD-10 claim
  • 87% of customers received payment for at least one ICD-10 claim
  • 1.4 million claims submitted in October were already paid
  • 11 days was the average time to payment for ICD-10 claims

In the years leading up to the October 1 deadline, Kareo has supported its clients through training and software upgrades to ensure independent practices were able to go through this transition without losing or significantly delaying revenue. To learn more about how Kareo is continuing to help independent practices succeed through the transition visit http://www.kareo.com/icd-10.

November 5, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

WEDI Extends Use of ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database beyond Implementation Deadline

Searchable database of industry submitted questions answered by leading associations and organizations assists industry beyond transition

RESTON, Va. — October 1, 2015 The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other industry associations and partners, announced its searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database – originally launched in early 2014 as part of its ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative – will continue operation after the transition to ICD-10. Through this database, WEDI, CMS and additional partners help to triage issues and provide valuable information and resources to support healthcare organizations in understanding how the new codes and coding standards will impact diagnosis and inpatient procedures.

Once an issue has been submitted into the ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database, it is reviewed by WEDI staff and submitted on to the appropriate resource. After review, answers are made available online in the searchable database to help other healthcare organizations that may be facing similar issues. If name and contact information is provided, WEDI will also follow up directly.

“This tool has been an important component in our goal of ensuring a successful ICD-10 implementation for healthcare providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of WEDI. “As we’ve neared the implementation deadline, questions are coming in at a feverish pace. Because of this, it is important that all healthcare industry stakeholders have continued access to this valuable resource well beyond the transition deadline of October 1.”

Members of the health IT community may continue to send their implementation challenges to the searchable database of ICD-10 issues, which is open to the public for submission. This service is intended for broad-based, ICD-10 transition-related questions and challenges that are encountered, rather than specific consulting code mapping for individual patient cases. Issues can be submitted anonymously, but WEDI highly encourages submitters to provide full contact information so that WEDI can contact the submitter directly once it has a resolution to the issue.

For more information on this and other WEDI ICD-10 initiatives and resources, visit the ICD-10 Workgroup information page.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

October 1, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ZirMed Offers Top 5 Tips as Providers Transition to ICD-10

Recommendations Based on 17 Months of End-To-End ICD-10 Testing with Provider Organizations and Payers

Louisville, KY – September 24, 2015 ZirMed®, which empowers healthcare organizations to optimize revenue and population health with the nation’s only comprehensive end-to-end platform of cloud-based financial and clinical performance management solutions, announced a top-five list of strategies to help ease providers through the impending transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

Based on its experience conducting end-to-end testing with its clients and with payers since April 2014, the company has developed the following recommendations for providers:

  • Develop a list of commonly used codes. Determine which diagnoses are most commonly used by the organization and create a chart with the correct ICD-10 codes as a quick reference to save time and reduce errors.
  • Create a master list of ICD-10-related assignments. Designate responsibilities ahead of time to reduce staff confusion and frustration post-transition.
  • Prioritize denied claims. The shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is expected to increase denials significantly. Providers should focus on appealing those claims that have the most significant revenue impact and the highest success rates and let the less impactful denials slide.
  • Assess organizational workflow and revenue impact. Plan to track the organization’s performance during and after the transition. Identify problem areas quickly and take corrective action.
  • Set staff up for success. Schedule fewer appointments the week after October 1 to allow extra time for coding and training questions.

One of ZirMed’s Wisconsin-based clients, ThedaCare, engaged with ZirMed early on in the planning process and shared an update on its efforts prior to go-live. Beth Malchetske, Director of Business Integration explains, “By focusing on the things we can control, we empower our teams to address issues before the transition, instead of waiting until a claim is at the payer awaiting reimbursement. And by making sure all the steps are followed, we’re ensuring our facilities get paid as quickly as possible post-go-live.”

ZirMed’s systems and solutions are completely ICD-10-compatible. The company offers a free ICD-10 readiness assessment, to help providers evaluate the impact that ICD-10 will have on their organizations. ZirMed also provides ICD-10 educational tools to its clients, including:

  • The ICD Translator, which helps providers understand changes from ICD-9 to ICD-10
  • A diagnostic usage report that shows each organization a list of its most commonly used diagnosis codes, sorted by volume and frequency
  • A payer dashboard that sorts each organization’s top payers by volume and helps clients identify which payers are offering ICD-10 testing

“ZirMed has been hard at work to make sure that our clients have the best plan, solutions, and support to make the transition to ICD-10 as smooth as possible,” said Crystal Ewing, ZirMed Senior Business Analyst and Manager of Regulatory Strategy. “Providers should understand that they are not alone and there are products and services available to them to help them fix rejected claims, identify critical benchmarks, and prioritize training opportunities. No one knows exactly what will happen after the October 1 deadline, and there are certain to be bumps in the road, which is why contingency planning is critical.”

For more recommendations, and to learn more about ZirMed’s comprehensive ICD-10 strategy, please visit the company’s ICD-10 Resource Center.

About ZirMed®

ZirMed empowers healthcare organizations of all sizes and types to optimize revenue and population health with the nation’s only comprehensive end-to-end platform of cloud-based financial and clinical performance management solutions—including patient access, charge integrity, claims management, AR management, patient responsibility, and population health management. By combining breakthrough predictive analytics technology with innovative software development and the industry’s most advanced transactional network, ZirMed solutions extract actionable insights that improve our clients’ revenue cycles and support effective management of population health—while streamlining workflows, increasing operating efficiencies, and driving bottom-line performance. ZirMed’s technology and client support continue to be honored with top industry awards, including KLAS®, Healthcare Informatics, Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS), and Black Book Rankings. To learn how ZirMed can help your healthcare organization boost its financial and clinical performance in an era of changing reimbursement models and rising operating costs, visit www.ZirMed.com.

September 24, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline.  In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10 code set.

Recognizing that health care providers need help with the transition, CMS and AMA are working to make sure physicians and other providers are ready ahead of the transition to ICD-10 that will happen on October 1.  Reaching out to health care providers all across the country, CMS and AMA will in parallel be educating providers through webinars, on-site training, educational articles and national provider calls to help physicians and other health care providers learn about the updated codes and prepare for the transition.

“As we work to modernize our nation’s health care infrastructure, the coming implementation of ICD-10 will set the stage for better identification of illness and earlier warning signs of epidemics, such as Ebola or flu pandemics.” said Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “With easy to use tools, a new ICD-10 Ombudsman, and added flexibility in our claims audit and quality reporting process, CMS is committed to working with the physician community to work through this transition.”

“ICD 10 implementation is set to begin on October 1, and it is imperative that physician practices take steps beforehand to be ready,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD.  “We appreciate that CMS is adopting policies to ease the transition to ICD-10 in response to   physicians’ concerns that inadvertent coding errors or system glitches during the transition to ICD-10 may result in audits, claims denials, and penalties under various Medicare reporting programs.  The actions CMS is initiating today can help to mitigate potential problems.  We will continue to work with the administration in the weeks and months ahead to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.”

The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. The medical codes America uses for diagnosis and billing have not been updated in more than 35 years and contain outdated, obsolete terms.

The use of ICD-10 should advance public health research and emergency response through detection of disease outbreaks and adverse drug events, as well as support innovative payment models that drive quality of care.

CMS’ free help includes the “Road to 10” aimed specifically at smaller physician practices with primers for clinical documentation, clinical scenarios, and other specialty-specific resources to help with implementation. CMS has also released provider training videos that offer helpful ICD-10 implementation tips.

The AMA also has a broad range of materials available to help physicians prepare for theOctober 1 deadline.  To learn more and stay apprised on developments, visit AMA Wire.

CMS also detailed its operating plans for the ICD-10 implementation. Upcoming milestones include:

  • Setting up an ICD-10 communications and coordination center, learning from best practices of other large technology implementations that will be in place to identify and resolve issues arising from the ICD-10 transition.
  • Sending a letter in July to all Medicare fee-for-service providers encouraging ICD-10 readiness and notifying them of these flexibilities.
  • Completing the final window of Medicare end-to-end testing for providers this July.
  • Offering ongoing Medicare acknowledgement testing for providers through September 30th.
  • Providing additional in-person training through the “Road to 10” for small physician practices.
  • Hosting an MLN Connects National Provider Call on August 27th.

In accordance with the coming transition, the Medicare claims processing systems will not have the capability to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of services after September 30, 2015, nor will they be able to accept claims for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.

Also, at the request of the AMA, CMS will name a CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman to triage and answer questions about the submission of claims. The ICD-10 Ombudsman will be located at CMS’s ICD-10 Coordination Center.

July 6, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

WEDI Survey Suggests Mixed Industry ICD-10 Readiness

Responses from more than 1,100 vendors, health plans and providers indicate ICD-10 delay has slowed some readiness activities; compliance date uncertainty cited as top obstacle

RESTON, Va. — April 6, 2015 The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of its findings from its February 2015 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey.  In its March 31 letter to the HHS Secretary, WEDI reported concern with the current level of industry preparedness noting that many organizations did not take full advantage of the additional time afforded by the one-year delay.

“Unless all industry segments take the initiative to make a dedicated effort and move forward with their implementation work, there will be significant disruption on Oct. 1, 2015,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of WEDI.

Highlights from the latest survey findings include:

  • Compliance date uncertainty: Uncertainty around further delays was listed as a primary obstacle to implementation, appearing on more than 50 percent of all responses for vendors, health plans and providers.
  • Health plan testing: More than 50 percent of health plans have begun external testing, and of these, a few have completed testing. This is a slight improvement from the prior survey.
  • Vendor product availability: About 60 percent indicated their vendor products were available or they had started customer testing. This is a slight decrease from about two-thirds in the August 2014 survey. However, the number that responded ‘unknown’ decreased from one eighth to just a handful.
  • Provider testing: Only 25 percent of provider respondents had begun external testing and only a few others had completed this step. This is actually a decrease from the about 35 percent of provider respondents that had begun external testing in the August 2014 survey.

“Based on the survey results, it appears the delay has had a negative impact on some readiness activities—especially external testing. Uncertainty over further delays was listed as a top obstacle across all industry segments,” said Jim Daley, WEDI past-chair and ICD-10 Workgroup co-chair. “While the delay provided more time for the transition to ICD-10, many organizations did not take full advantage of this additional time and many providers are falling further behind.”

About the Survey
The survey results are based on responses from 1,174 respondents, consisting of 796 providers, 173 vendors and 205 health plans. The number of responses more than doubled from the last ICD-10 survey WEDI conducted in August 2014.

This is the tenth ICD-10 readiness survey WEDI has conducted since 2009, all of which were done in an effort to gain a broad perspective on the readiness status for different sections of the industry, and to gauge how quickly they are progressing towards the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation deadline. The full survey results are contained in WEDI’s letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More information on WEDI events and ICD-10 work products are also available on the WEDI website atwww.wedi.org/workgroups/icd-10.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

April 6, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Amazing Charts Eases Physician Transition to ICD-10 Coding With User-Friendly Technology and Free Education

Input of Common Medical Terms Is Mapped to ICD-10 Codes for Industry-Leading Ease of Use

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – March 31, 2015) – Amazing Charts, a leading provider of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for ambulatory care, today introduced a comprehensive product solution and free educational resources to address the Oct.1, 2015 transition to ICD-10. Amazing Charts EHR Version 8.2 will allow physicians to use clinically relevant terms to accurately and efficiently find ICD-10 codes.

ICD-10 coding in Amazing Charts begins when a physician types a symptom or diagnosis using common medical terms — such as abdominal pain, diabetes, or fracture — and then selects a clinical description with a code from a dropdown menu, or chooses to further refine the search. Words can be entered in any order, and common abbreviations and partial words are recognized. Physicians are presented with a set of ICD-10 codes highlighted in different colors to show which codes are billable. Behind the scenes, SNOMED Clinical Terms (CT) are mapped to ICD-10 codes in compliance with interoperability standards. Additionally, ICD-9 codes can be accessed for billing (or rebilling) encounters created prior to the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline.

Preparing physicians to code to the highest level of specificity promotes improved patient care and expedites reimbursement to optimize revenue. Amazing Charts offers physicians a series of free online educational resources — including blogs, how-to tutorials, live webinars, and videos — focused on the transition to ICD-10, coding, and clinical documentation improvement.

“We want to help our users move to ICD-10 well in advance of the October deadline to ensure no interruption in payments for services,” said John Squire, president and COO, Amazing Charts. “In keeping with our core tenets of usability and affordability, we designed our products to provide real assistance to physicians as they make the transition to ICD-10 coding, and the ICD-10 upgrade and online education is free to all practices on support. Amazing Charts Practice Management is also ICD-10 ready.”

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

March 31, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Free iOS App from ADP AdvancedMD Allows Any Physician Practice to Assess ICD-10 Preparedness

South Jordan, Utah – February 24, 2015– ADP® AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, medical scheduling, medical billing services as well as a pioneer of big data reporting and business intelligence for smaller medical practices, today announced the release and availability of AdvancedMD ICD-10 Toolkit, a free app that gives private practices a suite of ICD-10 preparation tools. Now anyone with an iPhone or iPad running iOS8 can easily test their readiness and train staff for the October 1deadline, free of charge. Customers of AdvancedMD practice management software can also leverage the app to add ICD-10 codes to their charge slip templates.

“ADP AdvancedMD has been a leader in the ICD-10 transition process and a champion of independent physicians and small practices, with such tools as MyICD10.AdvancedMD.com, a website aimed at helping medical practices prepare for the ICD-10 transition, featuring a timeline and a wealth of tools, training and tips to help practices prepare for the change,” said Raul Villar, president, ADP AdvancedMD. “With less than half of all practices ready for the change, we saw a need for a tool that would aid the entire community of independent physicians in their progress.”

The app was created as part of the ADP AdvancedMD iCommit program, which offers incentives to engineers for independently pursuing innovations in addition to their regular jobs.

“We decided that there should be a tool to help everyone prepare for the change to ICD-10 and give our community the ability to gauge their readiness,” said Barlow Tucker, software engineer, ADP AdvancedMD. “A free app was the clear choice because it’s easy to access and use, plus it allows people to get an ICD-10 ‘checkup’ at any time.”

The AdvancedMD ICD-10 Toolkit allows users to:

– Track preparedness for ICD-10
– Compare ICD-9 codes with the ICD-10 equivalents, including risk of increased specificity
– View potential high-risk areas
– Search for ICD-10 codes and sub codes
– View articles and action plans to guide a specific transition

Download the new AdvancedMD ICD-10 Toolkit app for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod Touch® available for free on the Apple app store.

About ADP

Employers around the world rely on ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) for cloud-based solutions and services to help manage their most important asset – their people.  From human resources and payroll to talent management to benefits administration, ADP brings unmatched depth and expertise in helping clients build a better workforce.  A pioneer in Human Capital Management (HCM) and business process outsourcing, ADP serves more than 610,000 clients in 100 countries.  ADP.com

February 24, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

WEDI Releases ICD-10 Readiness Survey for Industry Participation

Providers, health plans, vendors and clearinghouses to submit responses before March 6 

RESTON, Va. — February 12, 2015— The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of an ICD-10 readiness survey to determine how well the healthcare industry is progressing towards the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation deadline. The survey results will be evaluated and compiled into a report for the industry.

Providers, health plans, vendors and clearinghouses are invited to participate in this important initiative to help monitor progress as we move closer toward the implementation deadline. The survey is available here. The final submission deadline is March 6, 2015.

“WEDI has been conducting these surveys since 2009, allowing us to gain a broad perspective on the readiness status for different sections of the industry, and to gauge how quickly they are progressing,” says Jim Daley, WEDI past-chair and ICD-10 Workgroup co-chair. “Since the shift to ICD-10 represents such a significant change to the industry, it is imperative that all organizations stay diligently focused and continue the necessary preparations in order to make the conversion in Oct. 2015 as smooth as possible. This survey is an important part of the educational and advisory roles our organization plays within the industry on ICD-10 and other health IT matters – bringing together all industry sectors to deliver a successful transition.”

As an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), WEDI brings to the attention of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues that it believes warrant review and consideration, and continually reports the results of these periodic ICD-10 readiness surveys to CMS.

WEDI will continue to conduct surveys throughout 2015, and information collected from these surveys will help determine where additional outreach and education is needed.

About WEDI
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

February 12, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

NextGen Healthcare Clearinghouse to Participate in CMS ICD-10 End-to-End Testing

Process Aims to Ensure Provider Preparedness and Minimize Impact of ICD-10

HORSHAM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today ViaTrack Solutions, the Company’s clearinghouse for electronic healthcare claims and payment solutions, will participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ICD-10 “end-to-end” testing with seven Medicare payers during the week of January 26-30.

The goal of end–to–end testing is to ensure claims with ICD–10 codes can be processed from submission to remittance. Participating in this process will demonstrate that: NextGen Healthcare clients leveraging ViaTrack Solutions can successfully submit ICD–10 claims to the Medicare Fee-For Service (FFS) claims systems; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) software changes made to support ICD-10 result in appropriately adjudicated claims; and, accurate remittance advices are produced.

ViaTrack Solutions’ testing efforts with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will take place with the following seven Medicare payers:

  • Cahaba GBA Jurisdiction 10 Georgia Medicare
  • Novitas Solutions Jurisdiction L Pennsylvania Medicare
  • Novitas Solutions Jurisdiction L New Jersey Medicare
  • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction 11 South Carolina Medicare
  • WPS Jurisdiction 5 Kansas Medicare
  • WPS Jurisdiction 8 Indiana Medicare

“The implementation of ICD-10 represents a significant code set change that impacts the entire health care community,” said Ana Croxton, vice president of EDI products and services for NextGen Healthcare. “We believe end-to-end testing is an essential step in ensuring that providers, clearinghouses and payers are fully prepared to process ICD-10 claims, and are committed to helping the industry succeed in this transition.”

For more information on CMS ICD-10 End-to-End Testing, visit http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/HIPAA-Administrative-Simplification/Affordable-Care-Act/End-to-End-Testing.html

About NextGen Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, connectivity and financial solutions, including revenue cycle management services for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcareor LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/nextgen-healthcare-information-systems.

About Quality Systems Inc

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

January 15, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.