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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.

TruCode Adds Prognosis Innovation Healthcare to Its Roster of EHR Partners for Full Clinical Coding Encoder Integration

ALPHARETTA, GA (December 2, 2014) – TruCode and Prognosis Innovation Healthcare announced today a reseller and full application integration partnership. Trucode Encoder Essentials, the company’s web services solution for clinical coding, will be embedded within the Prognosis Innovation Healthcare’s ChartAccess® EHR and Financial Revenue Cycle Management systems. The full encoder-EHR integration streamlines coding workflows and improves billing accuracy and efficiency for Prognosis Innovation’s hospital, physician practice and clinic customers. The announcement was made jointly by Mike Mulligan, Managing Partner, TruCode, and Steve Everest, CEO, Prognosis Innovation Healthcare.

“The best clinical coding experience results when encoder technology is fully integrated into the end user’s core system,” mentions Mulligan. Complete encoder integration within HIS, EMR or EHR systems gives medical record coders and billers sophisticated code searches, grouping, code edits, clinical coding references, and coding advice at their fingertips. “With an integrated versus interfaced encoder, no time is wasted for medical record coders and no separate contract is required for the vendor, hospital, practice or clinic,” adds Mulligan. Everest concurs.

“We selected TruCode after a long search for an encoder partner who understood our unique market needs and was willing to work with us in a tight integration strategy,” Everest states. “Prognosis’s success is built on our ability to deliver integrated solutions that improve workflow. TruCode’s strategy is the same, making a win-win partnership for our customers.”

The TruCode-Prognosis partnership includes system integration and reseller agreements. For Prognosis customer Vicki Howe, RHIT, Director of HIM at Ness County Hospital in Kansas, the agreement means that “our coders have access to an excellent encoder/grouper with all the coding tools they need at their fingertips with a single point of entry to accommodate both MedGenix and ChartAccess, including references such as; AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-9 and I-10, CPT Assistant, Official Coding Guidelines for ICD-9 and I-10, Coders Desk Reference, as well as others.” “I am looking forward to the dynamics that TruCode and Prognosis Innovative Healthcare will provide to us,” she concludes.

About TruCode

TruCode (Alpharetta, GA) is an innovator in the medical coding software market, providing an encoder application, components and web services to the hospital, consulting and Healthcare IT marketplace. TruCode was the first to release a complete ICD-10-CM encoder and deliver encoder components via web services. TruCode’s Encoder Essentials fully integrate into healthcare IT technologies including: Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Health Information Systems (HIS) and Healthcare Business Analytics. For more information visit: www.trucode.com.

About Prognosis Innovation Healthcare

Prognosis Innovation Healthcare provides an enterprise solution, including EHR and financial systems, to rural and community hospitals. It offers a predictable path, built-in Clinical Pathways and a Meaningful Use Scorecard to drive standard of care. One hundred percent of Prognosis Innovation’s eligible clients have achieved meaningful use. Learn more at: www.prognosisinnovation.com.

December 2, 2014 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.

M*Modal Launches Comprehensive Outpatient Medical Coding Services

Outsourced coding enables healthcare providers to optimize HIM resources and manage transition to ICD-10

Franklin, Tenn. – September 10, 2014 – To help the healthcare industry address medical coder shortages in advance of the ICD-10 mandate, while preserving accurate revenue realization, M*Modal today announced the availability of comprehensive outpatient medical coding services. M*Modal’s technology-enabled services program combines coding experts with advanced cloud-based solutions to deliver quality results with fast-turn-around time, enabling organizations to offload high-volume outpatient coding, increase productivity and improve their cash flows.

Outpatient services is the fastest growing healthcare segment in terms of spending, according to the Health Care Cost Institute. Using AHIMA-certified coding experts, M*Modal’s outpatient coding program delivers high-quality, accurate coding for all outpatient areas, including Observation, Ambulatory Surgery, Emergency Department/Urgent Care, Specialty and Diagnostic.

“Qualified coding professionals are in short supply, and HIM departments face an ongoing challenge to stay ahead of coding and ICD-10 demands,” said Matt Jenkins, SVP and General Manager of HIM Services at M*Modal. “M*Modal’s outpatient coding services offer a cost-effective way for organizations to offload routine coding and move their existing coding resources onto critical inpatient and ICD-10 preparation programs.”

In a recent AHIMA and eHealth Initiative survey of healthcare providers, 50% identified lack of staff as a top concern to meet ICD-10 demands. ICD-10 is a revised standard that reflects a seven-fold increase in the number of potential code assignments. Many organizations lack the coding staff to manage their discharged not final billed (DNFB) coding requirements, as well as support the dual-coding and end-to-end testing programs needed to prepare for ICD-10’s rollout in October 2015.

M*Modal is one of the largest transcription and coding services providers in the U.S., providing credentialed coding resources to hospitals, clinics and practices for nearly 20 years. M*Modal offers essential coding services – including staffing, auditing and education – to hospitals looking outside their organization to manage resources. In addition, M*Modal’s cloud-based technology platform ensures a unified workflow for delivering high-quality, compliant documentation.

“Accurate billing begins with accurate and complete clinical documentation. By partnering with M*Modal for transcription, clinical documentation technology and coding services, HIM departments can optimize a unified workflow which yields superior physician satisfaction, more complete patient information and higher productivity from the revenue cycle process,” said Mr. Jenkins.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

September 10, 2014 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.

In Response to ICD-10 Delay, WEDI Proposes Aggressive Transition Roadmap

Medicare and Medicaid readiness transparency, expedited testing and expanded education identified as high-priority needs

RESTON, Va. — June 05, 2014 — 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, submitted a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining a high-level ICD-10 transition roadmap. The letter, written in response to the recent one year ICD-10 delay mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, details the impact of the postponement on healthcare stakeholders and defines recommended action steps to minimize continued disruption to the healthcare industry.

In the letter, several action steps are detailed including:

  • Ensure Medicare and Medicaid readiness transparency
  • Expedite, supporting and expanding industry testing
  • Expand provider education and support
  • Target outreach to non-covered entities
  • Conduct or support limited pilots
  • Establish clear milestones and track readiness

“WEDI and our industry partners believe that these recommendations provide a framework that we can work towards in order to ensure the successful ICD-10 transition,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D., WEDI president and CEO. “It is critical that HHS work with private industry to establish credibility in a new compliance date by focusing on critical issues such as readiness transparency, comprehensive testing, and augmented education. Absent these actions, we are concerned that implementation of the code sets will continue to be protracted, adding needless administrative burden and cost to the industry.”

In development of the ICD-10 Transition Roadmap, WEDI convened an industry ICD-10 Summit on April 30, 2014 in Reston, Va, that featured participation of more than two hundred industry stakeholders. The Summit was a collaborative event co-sponsored by the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Read the full letter and learn about the developments from WEDI’s ICD-10 Summit which influenced this communication to HHS.

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.

June 5, 2014 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.

AOD Software Passes National ICD-10 Testing

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Validates Company’s ICD-10 Readiness

Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 20, 2014 – AOD Software, delivering the industry’s leading integrated software solution to long-term care providers, announced today the successful participation in the national ICD-10 testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with clean 999 ACK and 277CA claim detail reports. AOD is one of the first long-term care providers to pass the CMS ICD-10 testing.

AOD’s solution suite, Answers™, is composed of clinical, financial, operational and point of sale solutions, and AOD is focused on confirming that all relevant components are prepared for the migration to the ICD-10 code set. Such integration of solutions allows customers to increase productivity, reduce errors, cut costs and manage a practice without overwhelming confusion or concern about industry transitions.

“AOD is committed to providing our clients with the tools they need to successfully prepare for this transition,” said Charles George, CTO and VP of Research and Development. “Proactively participating in the national CMS testing was a priority, to help provide our clients with certainty that the product is ready. We want to help our clients approach the October 1st deadline with confidence. As with other regulations, we have focused on being on the leading edge of preparations so our customers are fully prepared, and the fact that Answers™ was the first Electronic Health Record to receive CCHIT® certification for LTPAC and achieve ONC-ATCB Modular Certification is another example of our forward-thinking to provide our clients with the best product and services within the industry.”

AOD aims to provide a seamless transition that is highly customizable to all customers’ needs. As part of that effort, ICD-9 codes will be available, along with the new ICD-10 codes, throughout the transition period. Embedded interactive mapping will provide codes for users, even when multiple codes are available for a specific case. AOD will continue to partner with its customers, providing educational tools and on-demand training, in order to make the process as seamless as possible.

To pass the ICD-10 test, two separate trials are performed by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). First, the 999 ACK checks the file format (ASCx12) and the NPI (National Provider Identifier) header segments for HIPAA compliance. Before submitting the UB04 for payment, validity of 277CA transmission reports is checked. In this case, test files were submitted by the Live Oak team to the Medicare contractor, Novitas Solutions, Inc. As a result, AOD’s UB04 file format, with ICD-10 diagnosis codes, passed CMS testing criteria and was ready for payment.

About AOD Software

AOD is the industry’s leading provider of integrated clinical, financial, operational and point-of-sale solutions to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. With more than 45 modules, AOD’s software solution, Answers™, is the most comprehensive solution in the industry, offering single-point access to robust, enterprise-wide functionality, including electronic health records (EHR), MDS, care plans, assisted living, home health, human resources, billing, payroll and financials (general ledger, accounts payable, facilities management and donor development). The software suite is the industry’s only fully integrated system that maximizes the capabilities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Skilled Nursing Home Facilities (SNFs), Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Home Health Agencies. For more information, please visit www.AODsoftware.com.

March 21, 2014 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.

QualiTest Offers Free ICD-10 MAC Testing for Healthcare Providers

CMS has recently instructed its Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MACs, HHH MACs, and DME MACs) to “implement an ICD-10 testing week with trading partners […] to be held on March 3rd through March 7th, 2014.”

While it is clear that much more comprehensive ICD-10 testing will be required, QualiTest commends this policy change and hopes this change reflects a sign of things to come. Tom Parnon, Director of Healthcare business development at QualiTest, added, “For many Healthcare providers, Medicare reflects a significant revenue source and while the risks are high, there seem to be more questions than answers. These questions relate to both ICD-10 testing as a whole and specifically to Medicare ICD-10 testing.”

A recent survey conducted by QualiTest in November 2013 indicated that a large percentage of healthcare organizations have yet to commit or start an ICD-10 testing effort. Parnon said that many QualiTest customers who have begun their ICD-10 testing effort have “uncovered numerous unexpected internal and external challenges,” and that QualiTest “strongly recommends that Healthcare organizations take this opportunity to test with their MAC.

Leveraging existing ICD-10 testing assets and relationships in the Healthcare Industry, QualiTest is now offering Free MAC testing service for healthcare providers. The QualiTest MAC testing service is targeted at enabling healthcare providers to prepare for and participate in MAC testing held in the first week of March 2014.  The QualiTest solution includes medical records coded in ICD-10 and the option to create valid EDI Claim files.

For more information and to register for this free service, click here

About QualiTest

QualiTest is a global leader in healthcare testing and the largest independent testing company in the USA. QualiTest is at the forefront of addressing the multitude of QA and testing challenges facing healthcare providers, payers and intermediaries. These challenges include ICD-10, Meaningful Use, PACAA, HIPAA Omnibus as well as technological challenges such as mobile, cloud and cyber security.

January 31, 2014 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.