Posts Tagged ‘Sparkle Sparks’

CMS Releases ICD-10 Checklists and Timelines

February 26, 2013

CMS ICD-10 Badge Logo V1To help you prepare for ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new checklists and timelines for small and medium provider practices, large provider practices, small hospitals, and payers. These resources are designed to give you a high-level understanding of what the ICD-10 transition requires and how your ICD-10 preparations compare with recommended timeframes. (more…)

Why & When Should I Care About ICD-9 vs. ICD-10 Coding?

October 5, 2012

By Sparkle Sparks & Annette Lee

Part 1: By Sparkle Sparks, PT, MPT, COS-C

Senior Associate Consultant, OASIS Answers, Inc., AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Coding Instructor

Last week, CMS confirmed through final rule publication that the implementation date for ICD-10 has officially changed to October 1, 2014. We all know that codes (currently of the ICD-9 variety) are a required part of our medical documentation. Many of us participate in one way or another in deciding which codes go where. But what do they really mean and how careful should we be in selecting them? When you consider what they’re used for the answer can be stunning. (more…)

How to Conduct an ICD-10 Impact Assessment

July 13, 2012

Although the final rule on the proposed ICD-10 deadline change has yet to be published, it is important to continue planning for the transition to ICD-10. The switch to the new code set will affect every aspect of how your organization provides care, from registration and referrals, to software/hardware upgrades and clinical documentation.

A critical step in planning for the transition is to conduct an impact assessment of how the new code sets will affect your organization. Your impact assessment should include: (more…)

2012 Conference Preview: On a Clear Day I Can See ICD-10 . . . Or Can I?

June 25, 2012

By Sparkle Sparks,
OASIS Answers

Join Sparkle at conference for “Prep for ICD-10-CM for Home Health Agencies” on July 26. She will also co-present Blueprint for OASIS-C Accuracy on July 22-23. Click here to check out the session summary in the conference brochure!

Following the continuing saga of the implementation of ICD-10 is like playing a game of “red light, green light.” Remember that? Someone yelled “green light” and frantic motion was set in high gear. Then someone yelled “red light” and you had to freeze, no matter how uncomfortable and hard to maintain your position was. If you inadvertently moved, you were out of the game. (more…)

2012 ICD-10-CM Code Updates Now Available

December 7, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the 2012 ICD-10-CM code updates to the CMS website, including the 2012 ICD-10-CM index and tabular, code titles, addendum, General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), and reimbursement mappings files. (more…)