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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Nov 15 2011   11:33AM GMT

Are you ready for HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10?

Posted by: DrJosephKim

These days, the world of health information technology is rapidly evolving and physicians, medical practices, and hospitals are scrambling to implement electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. In the midst of this “digital chaos,” we all know that HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 are right around the corner. However, people don’t seem to be doing much to prepare for these changes because they’re all so busy (and frankly overwhelmed) by health IT infrastructure changes to ensure that they meet all “meaningful use” criteria.

I recently received an email about an upcoming complimentary webinar (scheduled for Dec 6) about HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 from Navicure. Here are some snippets from that message:

The HIPAA 5010 transition deadline is January 1, 2012. Is your practice prepared? If not, your bottom line will suffer.

Time is running out, but if you take the proper steps now, you can be ready. Since 5010 enables ICD-10, come January 1, the industry will have completed its first step towards ICD-10 compliance. However, ICD-10 will have a much bigger impact than 5010 and will require providers to re-think all processes. Practices must be preparing for ICD-10 now.

If you’re interested in participating in that webinar, you can find more information here (or, you may find the archived webinar on the Navicure website).

I’ve seen and heard enough about ICD-10 to know that it’s not going to be an easy, smooth transition from the current ICD-9 system. You can’t simply expect your office manager to do everything to make the transition occur seamlessly. Rather, physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team need to start getting familiar with ICD-10 so that they understand the magnitude of the changes that are coming.

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