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HIMSS G7 Offers Practical Solutions for ICD-10 Conversion

The HIMSS G7 offers a new report on ICD-10 compliance, noting “a key contributor to the success of ICD-10 implementation will be a much greater degree of collaboration between providers, facilities and health plans.”

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- By Oct. 1, 2014, the healthcare community must transition to ICD-10, a transformation demanding focus on strategic solutions that will eventually benefit and impact patients. The HIMSS G7 developed its most recent advisory report, “Implementing ICD-10 by the Compliance Date: A Call to Action,” with actionable steps healthcare stakeholders can follow to successfully navigate the path to ICD-10 compliance in the months ahead. The HIMSS G7 is a thought-leadership, strategic solutions platform of healthcare providers, health plans, banks, information technology firms, government, employers and consumers who envision the healthcare financial network of the future.

“HIMSS continues to offer the healthcare community valuable resources, through this new G7 Advisory Report and the ICD-10 PlayBook, to better understand and navigate the ICD-10 compliance pathway. The affirmation of this most recent HIMSS G7 report by the HIMSS Board supports our ongoing cause to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of health IT and management systems,” says Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

The HIMSS Board approved the G7 report that includes four strategies to help the healthcare community meet the ICD-10 compliance deadline:

1. Achieve broad stakeholder support for an ICD-10 Pilot Program with end-to-end business process testing.

2. Accelerate vendor readiness supporting health plans, providers, and other vendors.

3. Significantly expand education focused on independent physician groups and providers.

4. Recognize the Cooperating Parties which include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Center for Health Statistics, (NCHS), American Hospital Association (AHA), and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as the “single source of truth” for accurate and consistent coding.

“We know it takes a collaborative effort to implement, test and remediate systems and processes for ICD-10. This new report provides a call to action so we can best use the new Oct. 1, 2014 timeline to ensure all providers – including the smallest provider groups – are ready. Instead of waiting until the last minute, it would behoove providers to prepare as if the deadline is still October 1, 2013---thus allowing for one full year of ICD-10 testing and remediation, both internally and externally,” said Juliet A Santos, MSN, CCRN, FNP-BC, Senior Director, Business-Centered Systems, for HIMSS.

The HIMSS G7 supports existing collaborations, and develops new ones, with organizations to create more – and more robust – ICD-10 readiness educational programs and tools. Some of these joint activities mentioned in the report include:

  • An end-to-end, ICD-10 pilot testing program with four virtual regional “Solutions Centers” that can help providers to avoid implementation pitfalls by offering an end-to-end data testing component to support providers with information during implementation. HIMSS and WEDI are co-leading this effort and are now inviting “early movers/early adopters” to participate in the planning.
  • Through a self-reporting tool called VitalVendors, HIMSS encourages vendors to announce product and services readiness, a step that may ease some preparation challenges for providers.
  • ICD-10 PlayBook is a free online resource with contributions from more than 30 organizations that provide best practices and interactive tools healthcare providers can use in the transition to ICD-10.

The sponsors of the HIMSS G7 are Kaiser Permanente®, LexisNexis®, Optum™ and Sentry Data Systems. Nineteen healthcare organizations (see p. 12) participated in the development of “Implementing ICD-10 by the Compliance Date: A Call to Action” report.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

HIMSS
Joyce Lofstrom, 312-915-9237
jlofstrom@himss.org

Source: HIMSS