AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped ...Read More

 



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AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay | ICD-10, Coding & Billing, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA, American Medical Association, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ICD-10 Implementation
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.


 
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In The News

April 2014
 



CMS to Speak with ICD-10 Backers Tuesday
AHIMA and other ICD-10 stakeholders say they want to know when federal officials intend to set a new implementation date for the delayed code set. Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:45 am CDT

Last-minute change in TN law lets hospitals drop patients

A few weeks before Terry Gordon died, a court-appointed lawyer paid a visit to the 63-year-old homeless man in his seventh-floor hospital room at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. "I explained to him that this was not the Hyatt Regency, but we had to find him another place for him to stay," the lawyer, George Duzane, later reported to the court. But the visit, which took place in August of last year and led to Gordon's temporary departure from the hospital, had its origin in a last-minute amendment to legislation involving conservatorships approved earlier that year. Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:28 am CDT

Opinion: ICD-10 delay—What's next for healthcare organizations?

Many of the complexities of medicine are distilled down to a vocabulary of diagnostic codes, called the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which are used by doctors, insurers, and hospitals. Today's ICD-9 codes are now more than four decades old. Although the US was aiming to transition to ICD-10 by Oct. 2014, the recently announced postponement, until at least October 2015, presents a dilemma for many providers that were ready to activate the new system. The question that remains is how best to move forward? It's not hard to imagine how the added specificity will drive advancements in managing patient populations, as providers and payers transition from roughly 14,000 codes in ICD-9 to around 69,000 in ICD-10.

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:26 am CDT

A Volunteer for the Ages

Three days a week at three different facilities, Joe Grier is a quiet force for patients.

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Advertiser, Beware

Not only do hospitals face ethical issues when they advertise, but the evidence is sketchy that mass advertisements are worth their cost.

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Task Force Looks to Get to the Bottom of Price Transparency Conundrum

New report assigns roles to health plans and hospitals in trying to provide consumers with better information on the cost of care.

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Physician Compensation: How Medicare Reporting May Create Risk

Physicians are now potential targets for fraud and abuse inquiries. Here are a few simple things your practice can do to protect itself from unwanted litigation.

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:55 am CDT

Why Physicians Should Tame Unwieldy Work Schedules

Best intentions are often not enough to manage extra demands on a physician's time. Saying "no" can be a necessary and welcome evil.

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:13 am CDT

5 Strategies for Your Medical Practice to Deal with the ICD-10 Delay

Despite how you feel about the ICD-10 delay, make it work for you, not against you. Here are five planning strategies to consider.

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 7:28 am CDT

Boozman on the mend after heart surgery
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) "responded well" to emergency heart surgery he had at a hospital in Rogers, Ark., on Tuesday, according to his office."Doctors say he responded well to the surgery and are monitoring his recovery," said Boozman's press... Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:30 am CDT

Dem calls for another ObamaCare enrollment extension
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is calling on the Obama administration to allow extra time for people attempting to enroll in health insurance coverage.The Obama administration has already extended the insurance enrollment period to April 15 for... Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:21 am CDT

GOP senator: O-Care exemptions show ‘stunning disregard' for law
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Monday that the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) rule allowing congressional staffers to receive employer-subsidized healthcare was a “stunning disregard for the law.”“Congress was clear: The misnamed Affordable... Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:02 am CDT