For those who had the opportunity to attend CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s Thursday morning keynote address at the recent HIMSS conference in Orlando, FL her message was clear and concise – “don’t expect further delays.

Since CMS announced the extension of the compliance deadline to October 1, 2014, they have consistently maintained that date will not change.  Ms. Tavenner reinforced that last week saying, “Let’s face it, we have delayed this more than once, and it is time to move on. We have already delayed the adoption standard, a standard the rest of the world has adopted many years ago, and we have delayed it several times, most recently last year. There will be no change in the deadline for ICD-10.”

As you read this, we at NextGen Healthcare trust that you and your practice are well into your preparation for this key transition. If not, there is no better time than today. The first step is to upgrade your software to our ICD-10 compliant versions – EHR 5.8 and NextGen® KBM 8.3 for our Ambulatory EHR clients and 2.6 Clinicals and 116.3 Financials for our Hospital clients.  You should be in the upgrade queue now and NextGen Healthcare Client Services is fully staffed to help you every step of the way.

U.S. is lagging far behind…

Remember, why we are doing this. The primary goal of ICD-10 is to improve clinical communication across the healthcare system nationally and internationally. Medical and technological advances support the need for ICD-10 even more.  Aside from the CMS mandate, it’s important to keep in mind why the conversion to ICD-10 is so important to healthcare quality.  First of all, it’s a bit embarrassing to note that as technically advanced as we are in the United States, we are the only industrialized nation not yet using ICD-10.  Adopting ICD-10 will also open doors to international clinical innovation. The increased level of detail and specificity includes the nature of injuries and connects them to a cause, treatment, and outcome, while capturing critical data about symptoms and risk factors. The benefits are numerous and include:

  • Reduced coding errors
  • Increased clinical knowledge
  • Enhanced opportunity to keep up with all of the changes in EHR technology
  • Ability to code innovative medical procedures
  • Improved tracking for public health data sharing
  • Fewer claim denials and more timely reimbursements
  • Improved financial and administrative performance
  • Improved tracking
  • Enhanced ability to meet HIPAA electronic transaction/code set requirements

NextGen Healthcare ICD-10 Transition Resources plentiful

The NextGen Healthcare website is loaded with information that will help answer your questions from the simple to the complex. The best place to start is our ICD-10 web page.

Additionally, clients can utilize the ICD-10 Comparison Utility that NextGen Healthcare developed as a free web-based application designed to let you see how your current ICD-9 coding will look when converted to ICD-10.  Clients can send questions to AskICD10@nextgen.com.  For more information, download the ICD-10 brochure.

The message is clear, the time is now – NextGen Healthcare is here to help you succeed with your ICD-10 transition!