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Turns out, ICD-10 didn’t bring about the apocalypse. Many clinicians experienced a smooth transition, including PrognoCIS members.

The ICD-10 deadline is here! With it in this article we have provided some beneficial reasons & resources to remind you that ICD-10 is the best thing for your medical practice.

All those transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 should make sure to take advantage of dual coding to adjust to the new codes. In addition survey results are not positive for the level of confidence physicians have in ICD-10.

ICD-10’s sometimes overwhelming selection of code to choose from can be daunting. The vast number of the codes available will improve the care a diagnosis of patients in the healthcare industry immensely.

The healthcare industry is nervous about the transition to ICD-10. Many industry experts are using their influence to calm the industry as a whole, and help facilitate a gradual and successful shift to ICD-10.

Independence Day calls for a bit of familiarization with the new ICD-10. We have provided some new codes you may see this upcoming holiday with a bit of comic relief.

Supporters of dual coding or Code-FLEX maintain that the bill is not to delay ICD-10 but merely to ease the transition or grace period for a short period. Many feel that these delays and leeway’s are compromising the future of ICD-10 and healthcare.

CMS and AMA issued a press release detailing their plans to aid providers with ICD-10 transitions. The AMA has traditionally been opposed to ICD-10 implementation. Also some still feel though that this positive force for ICD-10 will not be enough to ensure a smooth transition.

The U.S. House of Representatives will decide to extend after the ICD-10 deadline whether or not dual coding will be allowed for a period of six months. Many experts agree that dual coding is inefficient and the switch to ICD-10 codes should be enforced.

CMS releases a list of guidelines to insure that medical practices can produce valid codes. Renowned leaders in the industry still argue as to the effect that ICD-10 will have on healthcare as a whole.

With government shutdown rumors spreading, the Principal Deputy Administration for the CMS assures the healthcare world that ICD-10 will continue onward regardless.

William Rodgers M.D. Has been appointed the official ICD-10 ombudsman appointed by the CMS. Also Sue Bowman of the AMA and Nelly Leon-Chisen of the AMA provide several tips for the ICD-10 transition.

ICD-10 implementation delay approved in some states, allowing some healthcare providers to use a “crosswalk” technique that converts ICD-10 codes back to ICD-9 for processing. Some well known figures in the healthcare industry are unhappy with the leeway given to these select groups.

ICD-10 deadline of October 1, 2014 is looming this article reviews steps any practice or organization can take to ease the transition, if not many problems may arise such as an increase in claim rejections and denials, billing backlogs, cash-flow delays, changes in payment and costly additional work.

CMS holds fast on deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 coding system. The transition is meeting resistance from the AMA citing that small practice are not ready to burden the transition cost.

Some physicians are still resisting ICD-10 implementation due to negative effects it may have on smaller practices revenue stream. Both EHR vendors and consumers need to both push for upgrades in order to comply with the looming deadline.

ICD-10 bring several new complications for documentation and coding for physicians dealing with pregnant patients. The most notable being the seven digit code for the fetus and the respective digit’s reference to a specific condition.