Come to the ICD-10 Coding Conference Before October Transition

The anticipated transition to ICD-10 is to be implemented as scheduled on October 1, 2015. Now is the time to attend the ICD-10 Coding Conference being held on April 15-16 with Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC. Maybe you have started training, but where do you go from there? This intermediate ICD-10 course takes coders and other home health professionals one step closer to the finish line in the race to ICD-10 readiness. In this seminar, professionals will review the basics of the conventions and official guidelines relevant to ICD-10-CM, and begin to apply ICD-10 skills to advanced and complex coding scenarios in order to assure mastery of the ICD-10 code set. In addition, the course will review the current guidance for transitional claims testing and processing and provide attendees with an understanding of operational processes necessary to reduce productivity and financial losses. Recently released OASIS C-1 items and the impact of the proposed document on coding processes in home health will also be reviewed to provide a clear and comprehensive understanding of the coding process for ICD-10. In-depth scenarios will provide all attendees with the opportunity to apply learned principles to coding complex patient conditions using OASIS C-1 proposed coding data items using learned ICD-10-CM coding skills in order to assure competency.

To register for the ICD-10 Coding Conference, click here.

The Home Care Alliance of MA has been keeping a close eye on the status of the ICD-10 coding transformation, I have included some important information we have received below:

From: NAHC, Regulatory Affairs

An  ICD-10 Resource Page has been added to the NAHC web site.  click here

NAHC and the home health and hospice vendor community have a shared goal in assuring  that agencies are adequately preparing for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis coding. Included on the page are education and guidance materials along with tools to assist our members in attaining  that goal.

The materials have been provided by home health and hospice vendors who work with the NAHC membership. In addition to the materials, the vendors have provided their contact information along with a brief company profile.

The page will be updated as more contributions are received.

Providers should be aware that Congress will not likely delay the implementation date again. Therefore, we anticipate the transition to ICD-10 to be implemented as scheduled on October 1, 2015

CMS Bog:

Successful ICD-10 Testing Shows Industry Ready to Take Next Step to Modernize Health Care

I am delighted to announce that CMS has recently successfully completed the first week of end-to-end testing of new ICD-10 coding.

The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. While most countries already use the 10th revision of these codes (or ICD-10), the United States has yet to adopt this convention. Since ICD-10 codes are more specific than ICD-9, doctors can capture much more information, meaning they can better understand important details about the patient’s health than with ICD-9-CM.


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To register for the ICD-10 Coding Conference, click here. For any questions, contact Megan Fournier at or 617-482-8830

Guest Post: ICD-10 Preparedness – Where Are You in the Process?

Guest Post by: Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, COS-C, ACE

Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies need to implement their ICD-10 preparedness plans now.  This is the single largest change the health care system has seen since the inception of Medicare.  Changing to ICD-10 is not a simple coding change: it impacts every department in the organization.  Follow these 5 steps to develop your agency’s ICD-10 preparedness plan.


Establish a Steering Committee with key players from major departments.  The ease and success of the transition relies heavily on strong leadership support.


Assess the impact on all departments.  This step is crucial in determining which items need to be completed pre-ICD-10, including testing of claim submissions with ICD-10 codes, redesign of EHR screen, or paper documents to capture documentation needed. Consider vendor and payer readiness.  Determine how to operate dual systems, and for how long.  Assess coder’s knowledge of the current coding model.  Assess whether the coding model will work under the increased specificity of ICD-10. Continue reading “Guest Post: ICD-10 Preparedness – Where Are You in the Process?”

ICD-10: Take Readiness Survey

CMS and the Workgroup on Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) are conducting a survey on healthcare industry readiness for ICD-10. The purpose of the survey is to closely track industry progress in order to identify areas where additional focus may be needed. The survey is open through Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and available to any individual associated with health care organizations

The online survey, located at, will be used by WEDI and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to evaluate challenges and identify areas in need of additional education and assistance. This is a great opportunity to provide input about your readiness for the ICD-10 transition in 2014.

WEDI’s Survey on Industry Progress Now Open

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting its latest online ICD-10 Industry Progress Survey. The survey will help CMS and WEDI:

  • Measure the health care industry’s ICD-10 progress
  • Evaluate challenges and identify areas where industry needs more education and assistance

The survey is open to all individuals associated with health care organizations, including vendors, health plans, providers, and payers.

Before taking the online survey, please scroll to the link at the end of the WEDI survey press release to preview the questions. The press release also includes a link to the online survey form.

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