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Senate Approves Bill to Delay ICD-10 Implementation

  
  
  
  
  

This is no April Fool’s joke! Yesterday, March 31, 2014 the Senate voted to approve a bill (H.R. 4302 -Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), which had language added at the last minute to delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS to October of 2015. The senate passed the bill 64 to 35 last night. The only step left for the bill is for President Obama to sign it into law, which is expected to occur.

The main purpose of H.R. 4302 was to create a temporary "fix" to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR). The last minute addition of an ICD-10 delay to the SGR fix bill caught many in the industry off guard as no one expected anymore delays to it. HEALTHCAREfirst will continue to monitor this topic, as a delay to ICD-10 is also expected to impact the implementation of Oasis C1.

For more information on the bill itself please click here.

Learn more about Deanna Loftus.


Healthcare Rule Making Process Intent to Postpone ICD-10 Date

  
  
  
  
  

News FlashThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on February 16, 2012, that the HHS intends to delay the compliance date for ICD-10. The compliance deadline presently stands at October 1, 2013 (which is already a two-year delay from the original date outlined in the January 2009 final rule).

With no new declaration date, this new release suggests that HHS is paying very close attention to home care and hospice providers, medical billing companies, and others with a stake in the healthcare industry. Many healthcare providers have serious concerns about the administrative burdens that ICD-10 compliance may bring in the years ahead. The press release link is below.

Press Release:
http://www.dhhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/02/20120216a.html

HEALTHCAREfirst will provide more information as it becomes available.


Webinar: Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?

  
  
  
  
  

Free Hospice Webinar Hospice agencies can Click here for a copy of the handout for today’s Free Hospice Webinar, “Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?

Today, we will be presenting a free webinar for hospices titled, “Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?”  We will be summarizing the changes that will affect hospice in 2012 and how you should prepare.

Topics include:

  • Quality reporting
  • Hospice Wage Index for 2012
  • Hospice aggregate cap calculation & methodology
  • Face-to-Face
  • Update on HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10
  • Medicaid Program rules

Click here for the link to the webinar recording.


Free Webinar: "Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?"

  
  
  
  
  

You are invited to join us for a FREE webinar summarizing the changes that will affect hospice in 2012 and how you should prepare.  Topics include: hospice webinar

- Quality reporting

- Hospice Wage Index for 2012 

- Hospice aggregate cap calculation & methodology

- Face-to-Face

- Update on HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10

- Medicaid Program rules

The webinar will be presented by Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst's Director of Regulatory Compliance.  Deanna has over 16 years of Home Health and Hospice experience and currently assists HEALTHCAREfirst customers in navigating regulatory changes.

The webinar will be held on December 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm CT.

To register for the webinar, click here.   There is no charge for the webinar, but you must register in advance.


PPS Final Rule 2012: What Will it Mean for Home Health?

  
  
  
  
  

PPS Final Rule 2012 Stay cozy and warm this winter with HEALTHCAREfirst's December Webinar Series. Registrations for these webinars are at an all time high.  We hope that you will gain valuable knowledge about the PPS changes that are coming in 2012

"PPS Final Rule 2012: What Will it Mean for Home Health?”  We will be summarizing the final rule and what it will mean for home health agencies.

Topics include:

  • HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 Updates  
  • Increased scrutiny on home care providers, ZPIC and other audits 
  • Medicaid Program Rules
  • Medicare enrollment validation

Click here to view webinar handout*

Also, the recording link is NOW AVAILABLE!  Click here to view the webinar recording.

*Slides 30, 32 and 35 have been revised with minor corrections related to:

  • Missing 18th visit on missed therapy Re-Assessment example
  • New Dementia Code case mix calculation retro effective date
  • Medicaid Homebound Proposed requirements

Next week, we will be presenting a free webinar for hospice on December 13th at 2:30 pm CT, called, “Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?”  We will be summarizing the changes that will affect hospice in 2012 and how you should prepare. Join us to learn more about:

  • Quality reporting  
  • Hospice Wage Index for 2012 
  • Hospice aggregate cap calculation & methodology
  • Face-to Face
  • Update on HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10
  • Medicaid Program rules

To register for this webinar, please go to our website, www.healthcarefirst.com.



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Is Your Home Health Agency Ready for ICD-10?

  
  
  
  
  
ICD 10 Readiness

ICD-10 migration could be a challenge for home care and hospice organizations working to achieve compliance by the October 1, 2013 deadline. On that date the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.

To accommodate the ICD-10 code structure, the transaction standards used for electronic health care claims, Version 4010/4010A, must be upgraded to Version 5010 by January 1, 2012. Unlike Version 4010, Version 5010 accommodates the ICD-10 code structure. This change occurs before the ICD-10 implementation date to allow adequate testing and implementation time.

While the transition to ICD-10 may seem like it's far off in the distance, we have already assessed all products for development changes that will be needed to meet this requirement.

While we are committed to providing our customers a smooth and successful transition to ICD-10, your agency should also begin to prepare for this transition. Here are some tips to get you started: 

  • Educate your staff. Your staff will need to be experts in ICD-10 come October 1, 2013. Arrange for training and education for all staff that will use the new codes.
  • Review current workflow process; uncover any potential changes that maybe needed.
  • Review all systems currently using ICD-9 codes. This will give you an idea as to the number of areas within your organization that maybe affected by this change.

A successful implementation plan will facilitate compliance across your organization and allow you to immediately realize benefits from the improved data collection provided by ICD-10.

For information regarding ICD-10's impact on specific HEALTHCAREfirst products and ICD-10 compliance, just call 1-888-563-7016.


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