Good News for Labs: HHS Delays Implementation Deadline for ICD-10 to 2013, Version 4010/4010A1

Pathologists and lab directors concerned about training staff to implement the new ICD-10 code sets can relax-but only just a bit! The federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has pushed back the compliance deadline for implementing the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) code sets. The new implementation deadline of October 1, 2013; replaces the existing deadline of October 1, 2011. As it announced this extension in implementation of ICD-10 on...

Labs Likely to Face Expensive Conversion Costs for ICD-10

Federal officials underestimated the costs and time needed to implement the complex new codes for ICD-10, according to a new study released last week on October 14. As a result, laboratories and physician groups can expect to incur significantly higher costs to convert from the current International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9), to ICD-10. The report by Nachimson Advisors, LLC, estimated that every provider will incur conversion costs in at least six ways. The report...

CMS Approves Norwegian Company for Hospital Accreditation in the U.S.

When it comes to hospital accreditation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  recently disrupted the status quo in at least three ways. First, last month it approved Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV)  as a hospital accreditation program in the United States. Significantly, this is the first new hospital accreditation organization in the U.S. in 40 years. Second, by taking this action, CMS is bringing the hospital industry closer to the use of ISO 9001 quality management...
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