Monday, September 28, 2015

Two days to ICD-10, CMS/AMA resources available

ICD-10 Coding and Clinical Documentation Resources

As with ICD-9, ample resources are available to assist you with coding and clinical documentation for ICD-10.
Official government coding guidelines cover:
CMS offers documentation and coding basics for clinicians in the Road to 10 Clinical Concepts Series with tailored guidance for:
Free lists of codes and ICD-9/ICD-10 mappings are available from CMS as well as vendors and trade associations, for example:
Several free and low-cost smartphone apps are available, and is a mobile-friendly website.
Many electronic health record (EHR) products and practice management systems prompt users for required documentation and feature computer-assisted coding.
Some system vendors and clearinghouses offer training to customers and potential customers.
Some health care trade associations and medical societies provide coding resources at no or little cost to their members, with premium costs sometimes charged to nonmembers.
Membership is not required to submit coding questions to the American Hospital Association’s or view AHA’s free webinars (registration is required). When contacting the Coding Clinic Advisor for free assistance, include documentation and specify whether your question refers to a specific setting like a skilled nursing facility or home health services. Please note that the Coding Clinic Advisor will not respond to inquiries that include personal health information (PHI) or the names of providers or health care facilities. Please see the Coding Clinic Advisor FAQs for more, including a list of topics that are out of scope for this service.
Remember: The process for looking up an ICD-10 code—whether in a book or in an electronic product—remains essentially the same as the process for looking up an ICD-9 code.
Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS 
ICD-10 website and for the latest news and resources to help you prepare, including the ICD-10 Quick Start Guide. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Email Updates and follow us on Twitter.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10 made easier

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10

Remember October 1, 2015 is the ICD-10 Compliance Date.
The AMA and CMS has created a great site to help us transition from ICD-9 TO ICD-10.

Common Codes for Your Specialty
Primer for Clinical Documentation
Clinical Scenarios
Training and Education Resources

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Clinical Informatics Board results are in!

Congratulations to everyone who passed the exam this year.

Clinical Informatics is the application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services. It is also referred to as applied clinical informatics and operational informatics.

Special thanks to the AMIA faculty and Staff for helping prepare the applicants:

Dr Bill Hersh
Dr Bimal Desai
Dr Diane Montella
Dr Thomas Payne


2013 Diplomates List

2014 Diplomates List

LinkedIn Group

AMIA is the professional home of leading informaticians: clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators, students, and other informatics professionals who rely on data to connect people, information, and technology.
AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association) is the center of action for more than 4,000 health care professionals, informatics researchers, and thought-leaders in biomedicine, health care and science. AMIA is an unbiased, authoritative source within the informatics community and the health care industry. AMIA and its members are transforming healthcare through trusted science, education, and practice in biomedical and health informatics.
The science of informatics drives innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and public health.
As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA members play a leading role in:
  • moving basic research findings from bench to bedside;
  • evaluating interventions across communities;
  • assessing the impact of health innovations on health policy; and
  • advancing the field of informatics.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

mHealth Summit December 7, 2014

The largest event of its kind, the mHealth Summit gathers a uniquely diverse international delegation, including healthcare technology officials in government and industry; policymakers; academic researchers and students; healthcare providers; entrepreneurs; investors; public health and safety officials and patient advocates from across mobile and connected health.

It's not too late to Register.

Healthcare is the wild frontier in wireless technology. The mHealth Summit offers exciting opportunities to advance collaboration in the use of mobile and connected health, learn about the latest innovations, research, trends and big ideas shaping a new global paradigm in healthcare delivery, shifting the focus to consumers, and defining a new role for technology that is making the pursuit of health an engaging part of everyday life. mHealth’s capacity to deliver healthcare responsively—at the right time and the right place—to influence both personal and population health is, in a time of global healthcare crisis, fundamental to the future of human health. And it’s changing fast. The mHealth Summit is the venue for keeping informed, getting ahead, and discovering new solutions through dialogue with stakeholders you can’t meet anywhere else.  - 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Show Support for HR 5481, Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act

Attesting to Meaningful Use has its challenges.

This is a request to make the reporting period for 2015 only 3 months instead of 12, thus giving us all more time to comply with the standards. SV

I recommend going to the link by the end of the month.

In early September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on 2014 Meaningful Use reporting that offered some level of flexibility for providers who are attempting to use Certified EHR Technology to report on their adherence to Meaningful Use Stage 1 or Stage 2 in 2014. The final rule gives flexibility for 2014, but requires a full-year of Meaningful Use reporting for 2015, which for hospitals starts in one week on October 1, 2014, and in three months for eligible professionals (January 1, 2015). The short implementation window is an incredibly difficult challenge for even the most prepared providers. On September 16, Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) introduced H.R. 5481 - The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2014. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-04) has signed on as an original co-sponsor. This important legislation would ensure health care providers receive the flexibility they need to successfully comply with HHS’ Meaningful Use Program in 2015. The Flex-IT Act will allow providers to report on their meaningful use compliance in 2015 for a three-month reporting period as opposed to a full year. This shortened reporting period is an important first step in helping to ensure providers remain in the Meaningful Use program and continue to use IT to support healthcare transformation. Your immediate attention and action is needed to help Congress understand the importance of this legislation! Use the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to get your member of Congress involved!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Educational Dinner Presentation: Deja MU: Finding New Insights in “Old” Data

Educational Dinner Presentation: Deja MU: Finding New Insights in “Old” Data

Please join your industry peers for dinner, networking, and a brief presentation
led by Encore, A Quintiles Company, showing how you can leverage existing data assets
(such as your Meaningful Use data) to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Dr. Jon Morris, VP Provider Solutions & CMIO,
will show how existing data can provide further insights and
help you succeed in the shift to value-based payments.

November 4, 2014 -6:30 PM
Cocktail & Dinner
Presentation co-hosted by Encore & HIMSS NYS Chapter

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel,
714 7th Ave W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Please RSVP by (October 31, 2014) to Jean Parker,

For more information, please visit:

Jean Mahoney Parker | Client Services Executive
Encore, a Quintiles Company

phone: 773-603-4063

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NYeHealth Collaborative: Patient Centered Medical Home Webinar 09/18/2014

Check out tomorrow's informative presentation. SV

Here is a link to April's presentation:

Patient-Centered Medical Home - Transform Your Practice-20140410 1559-1 
April 10, 2014, 11:59 am New York Time 
59 mins 

oWhat is a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?
oBenefits of PCMH to your practice
oAlignment with Meaningful Use and Accountable Care Organizations
oResearch Findings
oRecognition Programs
oNational and New York State Activities

oHow NYeC Can Help Practices