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A reading list for ICD-10

  • This is an updated version of an earlier post.

Sarah Gabriel

With the recently announced postponement of the ICD-10 compliance date to October 1, 2014, many health care leaders are trying to think through the implications of the delay and plan accordingly.  At the Financial Leadership Council, we have been keeping a close eye on the communications (blog posts, articles, FAQs) surrounding the recent ICD-10 developments and have compiled a list of resources that we have found most helpful—from industry reactions to the announcement of the proposed delay to general implementation guidance.

In short, the following articles should be on your list when getting up to speed on the recent ICD-10 implementation changes and challenges.


Industry reactions to the proposed delay

The following articles explore industry members’ response to the proposed delay.

Proposed ICD-10 Delay Elicits Mixed Reaction from Health Industry (NEW)
Ken Terry explores the range of reactions to CMS’ announcement from the AMA, AHIMA, and MGMA.

ICD-10 Delay Doesn’t Address Procedural Hurdles, Critics Say (NEW)
According to this article, the MGMA, although appreciative of the proposed one-year delay, does not believe it addresses any of the underlying problems with the ICD-10 implementation process.

Reset the Clocks: ICD-10 Reaction Swift, Decisive (NEW)
Chuck Buck examines the reactions of Dennis Winkler, of BCBS Michigan, and WellPoint’s Vice President, Ian Bonnet, to the proposed compliance date delay.

Q&A: New ICD-10 Deadline Would Provide ‘A Bit of Leeway’ (NEW)
Tom Sullivan interviews Kaveh Safavi, Managing Director of Accenture’s North America health industry unit, about the decision to push the deadline back one year.


ICD-10 readiness

The content below reviews the current level of ICD-10 readiness among organizations.

Payers Outpace Providers on ICD-10 (NEW)
Written prior to the proposed delay announcement, this article discusses why payers are ahead of providers in implementing ICD-10 and reviews concerns about vendor readiness and the labor intensity of the conversion.

ICD-10 Readiness: WEDI Survey Says Industry Not Ready
ICD-10 Watch’s Carl Natale reviews the results of the February WEDI readiness survey, revealing that many organizations are behind in ICD-10 implementation.


ICD-10 implementation guidance

Experts weigh in on general issues facing providers in the ICD-10 conversion.

Moving Federal Health Care Targets Becoming a Way of Life (NEW)
This article examines the ICD-10 delay from the perspective of the Version 5010 implementation, concluding that future federal deadlines will be negatively impacted by the compliance delays in both ICD-10 and 5010.

Don’t Hit Snooze Button on ICD-10 (NEW)
Information Week’s Marianne Kolbasuk McGee urges providers to use the expected year-long reprieve to continue preparing for ICD-10 implementation so the industry can avoid being in the same position next year. 

Playing the ICD-10 Who, What, Where Game
Steve Sisko, of the blog “ICD-10 Impact to Health Care Payers & Providers,” reviews which ICD-10 compliance questions payers and providers should quickly obtain answers to.

ICD-10: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
ICD-10 Hub Blog’s Ken Bradley addresses four of the more granular questions that may be on the minds of hospital personnel, including the relationship between compliance date, date of claim submission, and date of the procedure.


Financial Leadership Council research

The Financial Leadership Council recently published the following article on the proposed delay.

The ICD-10 Delay Clarified: What it Means for You (NEW)
The Financial Leadership Council’s Josh Gray discusses the reasons behind the proposed one-year compliance deadline delay and five implications this delay could have for providers.

To keep up with health system financial issues and Financial Leadership Council research, follow Josh on twitter at @JoshGray_dc.

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