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October 10, 2012

Is your ICD-10 plan back on track?

Selman-Holman Associates is ready to help you as you create your ICD-10 plan. Just contact us to learn about specific services.

In the mean time, think about how to keep your ICD-10 project team working and focused. Thanks to CMS for the information below.

Preparing for Your ICD-10 Check-in Meeting

As you hold in-person check-in meetings or conference calls, it is helpful to establish a day and time when the meeting will occur each month (e.g., 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month), so that all team members know that ICD-10 is a priority for your practice. As the transition date approaches, you should switch to more frequent meetings, weekly or biweekly.

To make sure the check-in meetings are productive, consider the following tips for holding an effective meeting:

  • Create an agenda. Developing and disseminating a brief agenda prior to the meeting will help keep the conversation on track and will allow team members to prepare their updates. 
  • Reserve time for questions. Remember to set aside time at the end of the meeting for questions from project team members.
  • Take notes and draft action items. Following each meeting, distribute key takeaways and action items to the team to keep everyone informed about any important decisions made and individual responsibilities.

During meetings, team members should plan to discuss:  

  • Progress on ICD-10 transition activities. This will help to keep the team up to date on each individual’s assigned tasks.It may also be helpful to use this time to set deadlines and goals for completing task activities.  
  • Upcoming education opportunities. Share information about local events or online trainings on ICD-10 that may benefit the team.Also, feel free to distribute ICD-10-related articles to keep the team informed about the latest ICD-10 news.  
  • Best practices. Have you done or did you hear about a novel way to address part of your transition to ICD-10? Take this time to share that information, and discuss how it can be applied in your group’s implementation plan.
  • Challenges encountered. Use this time to discuss any challenges the team has encountered, and brainstorm ways to successfully overcome these obstacles.
April 9, 2012

No delay in ICD-10 yet, even with proposal

Despite what you may have read, ICD-10-CM is NOT delayed until October 1, 2014!!

CMS proposed to move the implementation date to October 1, 2014. The healthcare industry has the opportunity to comment on the proposal and THEN CMS can publish a final rule.

CMS estimates that a delay in implementation will cost health care entities, including state Medicaid systems, $1 billion to $6.5 billion.

There are certain to be numerous comments both for the delay and for implementation as was required in the 2009 final rule. Only time will tell.

April 9, 2012

HHS proposes delay of ICD-10 until 2014

HHS is proposing a rule to delay ICD-10 implementation until Oct. 1, 2014.

The new date is part of a proposed rule that would adopt a standard for a unique health plan identifier (HPID), adopt a data element that would serve as an “other entity” identifier (OEID), and add a National Provider Identifier (NPI) requirement.

Here is the press release.

The proposed rule is CMS-0040-P and you can see it at the Federal Registrar website.


August 31, 2011

E.coli hits the 5th digit world

Effective Oct. 1, watch the E. coli codes …. they now need 5th digits.

041.49 is the code we are most likely to use.  Watch the use additional code instruction that is now attached to this group of codes.

Quick scenario: Your patient is being treated for a bladder infection caused by E. coli.

M1020: 595.0, acute bladder infection

M1022: 041.49, E. coli unspecified

August 16, 2011

I’m touring Texas!

Intermediate coders, get all the latest information on changes and the best coding education around. I’m

Highlights include:

  • Explain CMS guidance on sequencing.
  • Explain the relevance of OASIS C data items for diagnoses to payment.
  • Explain coding of diagnoses of infections, neoplasms, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, anemias, mental disorders, and the nervous system & sense organs.
  • Identify the differences between different kinds of ulcers.
  • Describe the purpose and appropriate use of V and E codes.
  • And tons more … including identifying new codes that will take effect October 1, 2011.

I will be in Dallas Aug. 24-25;  McAllen Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Houston, Sept. 7-8

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