A statewide consortium of California healthcare providers and payers
have formed the California ICD-10 Collaborative to increase efficiencies
and significantly reduce implementation time and costs associated with
ICD-10 compliance. Benefits of converting to the ICD-10 coding system by
October 2014 as required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) include increased specificity in clinical information that can
lead to more accurate and timely reimbursements.
As part of its launch, the Collaborative is holding an educational
webinar for current members and non-members on February 27, 2013 at
10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The webinar will include an
introduction and overview of the Collaborative and updates from three
core workgroups: testing, education and training, and communications and
outreach. California stakeholders may register for the membership
community and informational webinar at www.CAICD-10.org.
"The transition to ICD-10 will have a major effect on operations and
revenue streams," said Catherine Mesnik, finance director, St. Joseph
Health, and California ICD-10 Collaborative co-chair. "Participating in
the Collaborative will help stakeholders navigate their implementation
and testing processes while reducing costs, which is particularly
important for smaler, under-resourced providers."
Some members of the Collaborative Steering Committee also participate in
the HIMSS/WEDI national pilot program and will address and align
national and California ICD-10 implementation goals. Through its various
workgroups, the Collaborative aims to strengthen communications and
outreach to community members; maximize coding, reimbursement and
compliance efforts; reduce overall testing and cost burdens of
implementation; and develop and share best practices that ultimately
improve healthcare delivery and patient care.
The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has been engaged to help
facilitate the California ICD-10 Collaborative. "The Collaborative is an
excellent forum for health plans and providers to align and test their
ICD-10 implementation efforts which ultimately improves healthcare
delivery and patient care," said Tom Williams, IHA president and chief
ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical
Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical
classification list that includes codes for all diagnoses, symptoms and
procedures recorded with clinical care in the United States. The
revision has more than 68,000 diagnostic codes compared to the 13,000
found in version ICD-9, includes twice as many categories, and
introduces alphanumeric category classifications for the first time. In
mid-2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced its
final rule as part of the administrative simplification regulation under
the health reform law which requires use of ICD-10 coding standards and
extends the date comply to Oct. 1, 2014.
About California ICD-10 Collaborative (www.CAICD-10.org)
The California ICD-10 Collaborative brings healthcare stakeholders
together to work collectively to ensure the successful integration and
implementation of ICD-10 in California. Launched in early 2013, the
Collaborative membership includes health plans, physician organizations,
hospital and health systems, vendors and other stakeholders.
About the Integrated Healthcare Association (www.IHA.org)
IHA is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes
quality improvement, accountability and affordability of healthcare in
California. IHA administers regional and statewide programs, serves as
an incubator for pilot programs and projects, and actively convenes all
healthcare parties for cross sector collaboration on healthcare topics.
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