Reverse Mentoring is Needed in Healthcare for HIM and ICD-10

Today's Wall Street Journal article on Reverse Mentoring sparked a thought. Healthcare needs reverse mentoring. RM was championed at GE by Jack Welch when he was chief executive. He ordered 500 top-level executives to reach out to people below them to learn how to use the Internet. Mr. Welch was matched with an employee in her 20s who taught him how to surf the Web. The younger mentors "got visibility," he said. For healthcare to change physicians, administrators, IT people and others should reach out to youth.

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ICD-10 and Bundling – Study Raises Questions About Bundling To Pay Doctors

ICD-10 will drive initiatives such as bundling, as a component of health care payment reform. Therefore reimbursement, and case management and other areas must be viewed in a broader landscape. HIPAA mandates and health care reform impact one another.

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ICD-10 Implementation Dealine: Repeal of Omabacare and Affordable Care Act is a Separate Issue

ICD-10 implementations must move forward despite Presidential campaign promises to repeal 'Omabacare' or the Affordable Care Act. As Business Week pointed out this week, repealing the Accountable Care Act is not that easy. And even if it were repealed ICD-10 is a HIPAA mandate that was enacted prior to President Omaba's election in August 2008. Hospital systems should push ahead on ICD-10 Assessments, ICD-10 Implementation Plans, and get ready for the shift to ICD-10-CM which includes many more diagnosis codes than ICD-9. ICD-10 PCS also include many more procedure codes than ICD-9.

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Health Insurance Exchange in Idaho and Rhode Island Move Closer to Reality

The Idaho Department of Insurance and the Department of Health and Welfare drafted legislation to establish a health insurance exchange. In Rhode Island, Governor Lincoln Chafee issued an executive order establishing an Exchange. Financing of the Idaho exchange is not included in the draft. Carriers are not required to participate in the exchange, nor does it dicate whether carriers must offer insurance inside or outside the exchange.

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ICD-10 Readiness Compromised by ICD-10 Revenue Cycle, Analytics Vendors

We find that most analytics and revenue cycle companies are ignoring the future role coordinated medical coding will have, the transition to ICD-10, and the clinical documentation and processes on the revenue cycle. The ICD-10 transition will re-write the book on revenue cycle management (RCM). RAC audits and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) will be subject to a new paradigm with ICD-10.

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HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 Implementation Timeline Widgets

HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 implementation timelines were published as widgets for payers, large providers, small providers and vendors by Health and Human Services Centers for Mediare and Medicaid (CMS). There are helpful items such as actions to take immediately, for HIPAA 5010 and more regarding ICD-10.

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ICD-10 Global Lessons, More on Parallels with Canada and Australia

ICD-10 under the U.S. health system is new, so many are looking for parallels and lessons learned from other countries. In a recent blog, we noted that there are many reasons that the U.S. implementation of ICD-10 will be different. In particular ICD-10 CM is larger than the WHO version of ICD-10, and in the U.S., ICD-10 will serve as a new reimbursement paradigm, unlike Canada. However, as we noted there is one big similarity - more planning is always better.

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Skilled Nursing Resource Utilization Group Classifications

The Resource Utilization Group Skilled Nursing Standard (RUG, or currently RUG-IV) classification system has eight major classification categories: Rehabilitation Plus Extensive Services, Rehabilitation, Extensive Services, Special Care High, Special Care…

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ICD-10 Transition Training and Consulting – Speaking from Experience

ICD-10 assessments should start with a thorough understanding of how to communicate, educate, train at all levels. Here are some topics our team can speak to for your organization including “ICD-10 Organization Strategy” and “ICD-10 and Business Continuity Planning” We have given many presentations throughout the US in the past year.

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ICD-10 Implementation and Risk Planning

ICD-10 implementations, ICD-10 implementation consulting and ICD-10 risk management have been more popular topics on our blog so I am sharing an excerpt of slides I prepared for a recent industry conference near Washington DC the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).

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