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February 2009 | www.healthmgttech.com | Issue 2
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ICD-10: No Need to Panic — No Reason to Procrastinate

By Kenneth Bradley

After hovering outside the door for years, ICD-10 has suddenly appeared like an unwelcome guest and ensconced itself in your waiting room. On Jan. 15, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule setting Oct. 1, 2013, as the deadline for ICD-10 implementation. Simultaneously, it announced a final ruling to adopt the X12 standard Version 5010 for HIPAA-covered electronic transactions, which includes claims, remittance advice, and eligibility inquires and referral authorizations, along with prescriptions (Version D.0), which is due to take effect almost two years earlier on Jan. 1, 2012.

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Editorial

Where Angels Fear to Tread?

Less than 48 hours ago, President-elect Obama announced his bold "new" vision for healthcare: Electronic health records (EHR) for every American within five years. Already, I’ve received dozens of e-mail invites to attend seminars or interview executives to learn "how" he plans to achieve his lofty goals. Did I miss something?

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Articles

ICD-10: No Need to Panic — No Reason to Procrastinate

eNews

Workers Getting Pink Slips

GE Healthcare Ltd. is cutting approximately 150 members from its Wisconsin union workforce this month. Read More

Report: Hospitals Cutting Back on Health IT Spending

A recent report from the Noblis Center for Health Innovation finds that hospitals and health systems across the U.S. are cutting back on both capital spending and unprofitable healthcare services as a result of the economic crisis. Read More

Report: U.S. Healthcare Could Save Billions

A report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions asserts that over the span of a decade, broad policy changes coupled with increased health IT adoption could save the U.S. more than $530 billion in healthcare costs. Read More

Former HHS Chief Cautions New Administration

Departing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt warned that Medicare reform must be a top priority of the Obama administration’s plans to overhaul U.S. healthcare. Read More

EHR Suggestions for Congress

Think tank Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is lobbying Congress to consider its suggestions for electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) standards and funding. Read More

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