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How to Mitigate Risks Associated with the ICD-10 Conversion

Posted on 05/21/15 | Comments

The inability of your healthcare delivery organization to adequately adopt the new ICD-10 coding structure could mean you’re administrative staff will be faced with a large amount of denied claims to fix.  Even worse, payment delays for rejected claims could take months to sort out. Many organizations are ramping up their clinical documentation improvement program, coder education and engaging in discussions with payers to ensure that they have their bases covered for October 1st.


Topics: ICD-10 implementation

How Provider Friendly Terminology can help the ICD-9 to ICD-10 Conversion

Posted on 05/19/15 | Comments

Keeping up with clinical terminology standards can be a full-time job.  As a clinician, we tend to use colloquial language when documenting diagnoses, procedures and findings and are used to writing (or scribbling) this information in paper charts and now with the EMRs, we want to continue to use our shorthand expressions for searching.


Topics: icd-9 to icd-10 conversion

How to Get Executive Buy-In on Your Data Normalization Solution

Posted on 05/14/15 | Comments

Welcome back to the Data Normalization blog!  In the last post, I outlined the key steps to take your project to the next level or get started at a high level. This post focuses on the first step toward implementation: obtaining executive buy-in.


Topics: data normalization

Five Conflicts that Can be Avoided by Enterprise Terminology Management

Posted on 05/12/15 | Comments

The healthcare industry is rife with clinical terminologies, both proprietary vocabularies and those based on industry standards.


Topics: enterprise terminology management

Five Tips for Selecting a Vendor for the ICD-10 Transition

Posted on 05/06/15 | Comments

As you plan for a successful and timely ICD-10 transition strategy, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is selecting a vendor that will provide the skills, technology, and project management expertise necessary to complete your ICD-10 conversion work by the October deadline.  


Topics: selecting a vendor

How to Ensure Your ICD-10 Remediation Plan Is Working Beyond October

Posted on 05/04/15 | Comments

As your healthcare organization prepares to implement ICD-10 codes you’ll need your clinical and IT departments to develop a remediation plan that not only meets the October 1, 2015 deadline, but ensures that your organization realizes the benefits of ICD-10 implementation far beyond the deadline date.


Topics: ICD-10

Areas of Focus to Navigate from ICD-9 to ICD-10

Posted on 04/28/15 | Comments

As the healthcare industry migrates from ICD-9 to ICD-10 many organizations find that with less than six months to go before the October 1, 2015 compliance deadline they’re applying new strategies, shifting focus and addressing critical areas that need urgent attention.


Topics: ICD-10

3 Ways to Ease the Transition to ICD-10

Posted on 04/08/15 | Comments

Ready or not, the ICD-10 deadline will be arriving shortly.


Topics: ease the transition to icd-10

Are You Ready for the ICD-10 Conversion?

Posted on 04/03/15 | Comments

How many times has your ICD-10 leadership team asked themselves the dreaded question: Are we ready for ICD-10 conversion? With the senate scheduled to vote on a permanent fix of the reimbursement formula for Medicare physicians in a couple of weeks (this was the legislation that delivered the ICD-10 delay last year), October 1, 2015 looks to be the deadline the industry is racing towards.


Topics: ICD-10

An Overview of How to Get Started with a Data Normalization Solution

Posted on 03/18/15 | Comments

A harsh reality of today’s healthcare environment is that providers and payers use a multitude of systems -- each with their own way of representing data. 

A health system may be integrating a hospital bringing a new electronic health record (EHR) system into the network, while maintaining legacy EHR applications. Health systems often grapple with how to accommodate practices using a mix of EHRs.  A health plan, meanwhile, may employ multiple claims systems. In the past, those systems often operated in isolation, using conflicting terminologies to represent clinical data.


Topics: data normalization