Miami University Healthcare IT Speaker Series – November 3rd, 2015

Come and see us at the Miami University Healthcare IT Speaker Series where Victor Simha and I will be talking about what we call “Healthcare Version 3.0” and where we believe, when we look into the crystal ball, that the healthcare IT ecosystem is heading and the opportunities for students in the program to focus their attentions on. Check out the link for more information about the series.
http://www.regionals.miamioh.edu/hit-speakers/schedule.htm

So Long and Thanks for all the Data! CSO HIMSS Fall Conference – 10/23/15

CSO HIMSSFriday October 23rd is the CSO HIMSS Fall 2015 Conference. Make sure you register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/csohimss-2015-fall-conference-so-long-thanks-for-all-the-data-the-conference-on-population-health-tickets-17746989724

Our Keynotes are from Cerner Corporation and IBM Healthcare. The Board looks forward to seeing you at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Dayton at 8am. Register first though!

Ajay Sharma, MBA, CSSBB, FHIMSS

Program Chair

CSO HIMSS

2015-2016

(M) 513.680.7279

http://csohio.himsschapter.org

ICD-10…the Y2K or our era?

Well, all of the anxiety over and the day of coming and going. Was it all for nothing? Some people I have met and spoken with talk about it in Y2K tones. I think differently. While I always wanted to be a part of a Y2K type initiative, I recall how much work effort went in to getting us stable with ICD-10.

It’s not as easy or straight forward as people like to make it sound. There was the operational, clinical, ecducational and information technology aspects of it that were so all encompassing that it was difficult to ignore. When Congress and CMS kept postponing it at the behest of the AMA and their lobbyists and Physician politicians said that it would be the end of the world if we did implement it, it caused billions of dollars to be wasted in getting us to ICD-10 a year or two ago. Now that we are finally here and we have survived (and yes, patients are still around and need medical attention and doctors are too), we look back at what has been quite an eventful couple of years with great satisfaction, knowing that it wasn’t all for nothing.

We need to see how claims will be like and the revenue cycle processes that will take over now and see how those survive with the ICD-10 Tzar and his team at CMS.

It’s an ICD-10, ICD-10, ICD-10 World!

walked-into-lamppostRegardless of all of the humorous codes that we have grown to chuckle at over the last few years, we are now finally in an ICD-10 World. Today, October 1st, 2015 would have been the end for some of a few years of their lives. Similar to the world of Y2k, this will be the culmination of a lot of work that many people (including yours truly) have worked on these last few years. Let’s thank all of those healthcare information technology professionals, analysts, go live support and adoption teams who have made this possible, all for the cause of better patient care. There has been thousands of hours that have been put into transitioning our nation’s healthcare providers and payers to ICD-10 so that we can finally get on to a 21st Century diagnosis terminology. It certainly has been quite a ride.