As specified by Meaningful Use Stage 2, EHR certification requires problem list entries to have SNOMED CT encoding. Since October 1, 2015, diagnoses must be coded in ICD-10-CM for billing. Personnel and systems now convert problem list entries in SNOMED CT to billing diagnoses in ICD-10-CM. Sophisticated SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM mapping is required to allow this task to be done efficiently and accurately.
Clinicians should consider deploying a Workflow Enhancing Search solution that ensures problems, procedures, and diagnoses are properly documented and mapped to standards. This approach not only improves the quality of clinical documentation, but also increases clinician productivity and satisfaction–all critical goals when promoting the adoption of standards such as SNOMED CT and ICD-10.
Determined by the advent in healthcare technologies, the World Health Organization has brought out the updated ICD codes. These new codes encompass a wider range of diseases and their procedures, making it easier for doctors to implement them.
Much has been written about the most recent ICD-10 delay and how to best take advantage of the newfound time to prepare. While looking at the myriad of expert opinions, don’t overlook your office staff and the specific functions they perform.
Few healthcare initiatives have been as transformative, yet as elusive, as ICD-10. As soon as we are on the cusp of transitioning to this new, standard diagnosis code set, another delay is granted that postpones the inevitable.
Lake Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology had an opportunity to integrate its clinical and financial processes when its leaders decided to implement an electronic health record (EHR). Up until then, the Chicago-based, eight-provider office had used an outside billing service and maintained separate financial and clinical records.
The looming ICD-10 transition, which will entail a staggering eightfold increase in the number of codes versus ICD-9, is complicated and challenging, requiring the seamless coordination of efforts by multiple departments across healthcare organizations with limited resources.
Rather than seeing the industry’s transition to ICD-10 as a burden, providers may be missing an opportunity to “accentuate the positive” and use the transition to improve their organization’s performance under the new coding system.