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ICD-10 Tuesdays

Posted on November 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As promised, today is the start of a series of blog posts I’m calling ICD-10 Tuesdays. Every Tuesday I’m planning to publish a series of blog posts looking at the challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of ICD-10 in the US.

I’ll do this for as long as I have interesting ICD-10 content to publish. I won’t be surprised if the series lasts until close to the ICD-10 implementation date, October 1, 2014. I’ll also be soliciting some outside experts to participate in the series as well.

This blog has always been a learning experience for me and this series will be a continuation of that trend. Hopefully you’ll add to the conversation in the comments of each post. The more perspectives given, the more we all learn. Plus, don’t be shy about suggesting other ICD-10 topics I should cover on our contact us page.

Since my love is technology, most of the posts in the ICD-10 series will touch on the technology aspects of ICD-10 in some way. Plus, I’ll likely highlight some interesting companies and people in the ICD-10 space. I’m already scheduling a Google Plus hangout talking about the ICD-10 workforce that will no doubt be part of the series. In fact, we’ll probably have a number of ICD-10 related videos in the series.

Now that you have the ICD-10 Tuesdays plan, I’ll start the series by saying that many in healthcare aren’t ready for the change. Although, even scarier is the large contingent of healthcare organizations that think they’re ready for ICD-10 and they are not. Hopefully as we dig into each aspect of ICD-10 and how it will impact the entire healthcare cycle, organizations will be made aware of places where they can work on their ICD-10 readiness.

Another topic I’m sure we’ll cover much more in the future is physician readiness for ICD-10. I’ve heard organizations say that they didn’t need to train their physicians for ICD-10. Those organizations are in for a rude awakening. In fact, I’m not too worried about the coders being ready for ICD-10. They know that they have to be able to work with ICD-10 if they want to have a job as a coder. So, they’ll be ready. The same can’t be said for doctors.

There’s a little ICD-10 flavor to get ICD-10 Tuesdays started. Much more to come.

Top Five ICD-10 Pitfalls – “Top 10” Health IT List Series

Posted on December 30, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today is going to be the last day looking at other people’s “Top Health IT Lists” since tomorrow I think I’ll create my own Top 10 Health IT 2011 List and then for the New Years I’ll see about doing a Top 10 Health IT in 2012 list. However, today let’s look at something that will likely make the Top 10 2012 Health IT issues: ICD-10. Government Health IT recently wrote an article what they call the Top 5 ICD-10 Pitfalls.

1. Reporting: I’m sure that many think that ICD-10 is just going to happen and be fine. They’ll assume that their reports are just going to work with ICD-10 since they worked with ICD-9. Don’t be so sure. Test the reports so you know one way or another. Diving a little deeper beforehand is a lot better than learning about the problems after.

2. Overlooking impacted areas: Much like an EHR implementation, don’t forget the other people that are affected by ICD-10. Involve everyone in the process so that they can share their concerns so they can be addressed. Plus, by having them involved you’ll get much better buy in from the staff.

3. Teaching old dogs new tricks: ICD-10 is a different beast and will require significant training even if you have an expert ICD-9 coder with years of experience. Don’t underestimate the cost to train your coders on ICD-10.

4. Preparing for impact on productivity: The article mentions Canada’s loss of productivity during their implementation of ICD-10. Do we think we’re going to be any different? Remember also that productivity loss can come in a lot of different places (which is kind of a repeat of number 2 above).

5. Communicating with IT vendors: It’s one thing to trust that your EHR and other health IT vendors are prepared to deal with ICD-10. It’s another to blindly follow whatever you’re being told. Remember at the end of the day it’s your organization that will suffer if your health IT vendor is not ready. I like to use the phrase, trust but verify.

Be sure to read the rest of my Health IT Top 10 as they’re posted.