In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has outlined 13 ways HHS can help minimize negative financial, workflow and operational consequences of the Oct. 1, 2015 transition to ICD-10.

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I’m a big fan of the online world. I love the ease of online banking, the efficiency of Zappos shoe shopping, and the simplicity of reading The Drudge Report for all the latest news. Someday I may also be a huge enthusiast for online patient portals, but that’s not quite the case today.

Have you heard about an emerging method by which payers send payments to providers via existing credit card networks? These "virtual payments" or "virtual cards" enable the recipient to process them just like a credit card transaction.

Even if the ICD-10 compliance date is farther away than it once was, it will arrive eventually. (For real, this time. We think.) And while you'd be forgiven for taking a foot off the proverbial gas, this is time that should be spent pushing ahead with preparedness plans.

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, recently announced the development of the Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program (ACOAP). Two beta organizations – Capital Clinical Integrated Network (CCIN) and HEALTHEC – have been finalized as the first organizations to undergo this comprehensive accreditation process and plan to represent geographic balance and provide diversity in Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models.

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Most experts agree proper ICD-10 training will take a year to accommodate any additional time some coders may need to become proficient, on top of the need to test skills and practice before go-live.

The following three of 16 MU2 criteria can be directly met by a community-based care transitions program that is using mHealth technology:

The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmentation for privacy, analysis of provider directory standards, an update on the standards/interoperability framework projects, and a first look at the new subcommittee co-chairs of the Standards Committee. We started the meeting with a review of attestation data by Jennifer King.

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As the US healthcare industry faces yet another delay in ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, with a new compliance date of October 1, 2015, questions continue to arise as to whether there are any alternatives for replacement of ICD-9-CM other than implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. In particular, use of SNOMED CT or waiting for ICD-11 are both alternatives that have received attention.