May 9, 2014
After the abrupt congressional move to delay the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding, many healthcare organizations are experiencing implementation paralysis. But now, CMS has made it official: October 1, 2015 is the new deadline.
On Tuesday, May 13 at 3pm EDT Phoenix Health Systems will host a live, 45-minute webinar that addresses the strategic challenges of the new deadline, head on.
Phoenix’ ICD-10 team, Thomas Grove, Principal and D’Arcy Guerin Gue, Executive Vice President, will answer key questions like “What does the ICD-10 delay mean for my organization?” They will also discuss how to ensure the smoothest possible conversion, by restructuring your strategy in eleven critical areas.
Healthcare IT News covered a hearing this week that involved workgroup members from the EHR development sector, providers, certifying bodies, and federal officials. The hearing was held to discuss recommendations for the HIT Policy Committee and the ONC. During the hearing a number of concerns were voiced from all sides related to the challenges of Meaningful Use / MIPS Stage 2. Complaints related to the limited timing, vendor preparedness, and strict guidelines.
In the end, ONC’s workgroup approved two recommendations:
1. Assess the certification lifecycle to determine the best approach for improving the process, so all stakeholders can contribute to continuous improvement.
2. The scope should be adjusted to address interoperability, clinical quality measures, and privacy and security.
Three years ago 6,800 patient records were compromised and published on the internet when a physician at Columbia University Medical Center tried to deactivate a personally owned computer server on the network. As a result, Columbia University and New-York Presbyterian hospital filed a joint breach, for which a fine of $4.8 million was the determined penalty. New-York Presbyterian hospital is responsible for the lions share of the penalty, with a charge of $3.3. According to HHS, the combined amount is the largest breach fine to date.