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No crosswalk from ICD-9, but ICD-10 is on track for October

The "delay ICD-10" proponents have found themselves another piece of ammunition to use in their war against transitioning from the current ICD-9 coding system. The latest development in the never-ending fight is a new study from Vanderbilt University that suggests that mapping...

source: By Scott E. Rupp
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Congress may have finally put an end to the cycle of 17 short-tem “doc fixes” with the passage of legislation that would change the way Medicare pays doctors. But the bill’s handling, or sidestepping, of other programs sets the stage for future fights. The...

source: CQ Roll Call

Medicare Advantage is becoming entrenched and harder to cut as support for the insurance program grows in both parties and enrollment numbers climb. The Obama administration has repeatedly proposed cuts to the program, but has twice backed away under pressure from the...

source: The Hill

The Montana House voted to approve Medicaid expansion in the state, making it the latest Republican-controlled Legislature to move forward with the expansion under ObamaCare. The House voted 54-46 in favor of the bill, after more centrist...

source: The Hill

The federal agency overseeing Medicare is warning that the House’s recently passed bill on the “doc fix” will not be the final step to resolving a nearly 20-year-old problem. The chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wrote...

source: The Hill

Long-term care leaders who have widely endorsed a House proposal to permanently “fix” the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, might be suffering buyer's remorse after learning Friday that the bill might not provide the lasting relief it promises. The reason? A...

source: McKnight's

Though hard to believe, many (if not most) errors in the emergency department come as a result of communication errors, not technical mistakes. According to Boston Children's Hospital, an estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors in hospitals can be linked...

source: Emergency Physicians Monthly via MedPage Today

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