Medicare could delay burdensome ICD-10 rules
The Hill Share
The acting head of the Medicare agency says she is considering giving the nation's doctors more time to switch to a new insurance coding system that critics say would cost millions of dollars for little gain to patients. Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a conference of the American Medical Association that her agency could delay adoption of the ICD-10 system. Current law calls for physicians to adopt the new codes next year. More
2012 Legislative Day
Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. Due to the nature of this event and to allow sufficient time to set up legislative appointments, attendance is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to send in your registration form and payment today. The registration deadline is March 9. More
Healthcare reform: 2 years gone, now what's on the horizon?
Becker's Hospital Review Share
President Barack Obama signed the landmark healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law in March 2010, and now here we are, two years later, trying to absorb the ramifications of the past and prepare for the future. It's not easy to remember or grasp every section of the bill — the 974-page piece of legislation is not typical light reading. However, it's important to look back and reflect on how the healthcare environment has changed in the past two years and to see the new initiatives and challenges that lie ahead. More
AAHAM webinar: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
Topic: How To Improve Motor Vehicle Accident & Workers Compensation Reimbursement
When: March 7, 1:30 - 3 p.m. EST
Speakers: Bruce Nelson and Claudine Nesheiwat from Claim Assist
Program Focus: This intermediate level session will focus on proven tactics to collect on Motor Vehicle and Workers Compensation. An emphasis will be front end actions to take as well as the impact of applicable state and/or federal laws.
Registration Info: Payment must be received on or before Feb. 22. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Feb. 29.
You may download the full description and printable registration form at www.aaham.org.
5010 logjam means no pay for physicians
HealthLeaders Media Share
A strange thing is happening as physician practices transition toward HIPAA version 5010 electronic transactions. Docs aren't getting paid. Physicians are flooding their advocacy groups with complaints and questions about cash flow problems. The problems have intensified over the past month. Since the mandated transition to HIPAA Version 5010 began Jan. 1, data disruptions, unforeseen rejections of claims and improper mailings because of address issues have stopped docs from getting paid. Beyond that, communication snafus with clearinghouses and secondary payers have been a problem. The bottom line: These issues and more are resulting in payments not making it to physician offices, according to MGMA. More
Overcoming the documentation challenges of ICD-10
Healthcare system managers know that the hardest part of moving to ICD-10 will be training physicians to document their work in ways that facilitate appropriate coding. Physicians are not necessarily motivated to change their workflow to justify more granular codes. And, with only a year-and-a-half to go before the October 2013 deadline, healthcare organizations have to begin engaging doctors now to spur more complete documentation before the number of diagnosis codes explodes. More
Patient satisfaction is costly but maybe not so healthy
The Los Angeles Times Share
A satisfied patient is not a cheaper patient: However important such a finding may be in these budget-constrained times, that comes as little surprise. More unexpected is the finding that a satisfied patient is not necessarily a healthier patient — that the patient happy with the medical attention he or she receives from a physician is more likely to die than the patient who grumbles about it. Yet, both findings emerged from a study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine. More
The unspoken ICD-10 risk of medical fraud
Government Health IT Share
One of the issues that doesn't come up very often when discussing ICD-10 implementation is fraud. A simple definition refers to incidents where people get more money than they are entitled to. It's one of the risks addressed in a recent report, "ICD-10 Transformation: Five Critical Risk Mitigation Strategies" from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. More
Standards group delays push for HIPAA 6020
The American National Standards Institute's Accredited Standards Committee X12 has announced that it will hold off on recommending the adoption of the next generation of HIPAA 5010 transaction sets, called HIPAA 6020. ASC X12's announcement comes as healthcare industry stakeholders are expressing concern about their ability to transition to HIPAA 5010 standards. More
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