CMSFor those of you hoping the potential government shut-down would postpone ICD-10, don’t count on it. In a media call Thursday, CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway said CMS is prepared to go forward with the implementation of ICD-10 even if there is a government shutdown.

ICD-10 RedThe following article was originally published on The CMS Blog

By Dr. Bill Rogers, ICD-10 Ombudsman

ICD-10 Oct. 1 Deadline e-hrWhile preoccupation with ICD-10 will eventually give way to the next big deadline-driven change in healthcare, value-based reimbursement, right now it’s one of two high priorities for the busy ambulatory practice. The other? Patient satisfaction.

Certificate of CompletionProvider credentialing and enrollment is an absolute necessity when running a successful physician practice.

eMDsIn March 2015, MDeverywhere announced a merger with eMDs, a leading provider of electronic health records. The merger has allowed us to offer a fully integrated clinical, financial and administrative system designed to help physicians build a better practice.

Your EHR is the most important tool in the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion. Since mapping from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will in most cases not be one-to-one, EHRs help guide providers to the appropriate ICD-10 diagnosis.

ContractWith increasingly complex contract terms and the proliferation of plan products with the creation of the healthcare exchanges, it is more critical (and difficult!) than ever for physician groups to manage payer contracting through physician contract negotiation. Review Your Contracts The devil is in the details.

CMSCMS announced it will start testing value-based insurance models on Medicare Advantage plans starting in 2017. The program is an opportunity for Medicare Advantage plans (MA plans) to offer clinically-nuanced benefit packages aimed at improving quality of care while also reducing costs.

Cyber Attack

KPMG released the results of their latest healthcare cybersecurity survey and the findings are grim. Of the 223 executives surveyed nearly 80% say their information technology has been compromised by healthcare cyber-attacks. The most important cyber security concerns for healthcare providers and payers are coming from external sources.

Greatest Vulnerabilities in Data Security

CMSClosing out the week, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released two important announcements.

First, CMS declared the latest, and final, round of ICD-10 fee-for-service end-to-end testing was a success. 29,286 test claims were received July 20-24 with 87% of the claims being accepted.