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...

Not Much Progress for E-Prescribing in the U.S.

Fewer than 10% of U.S. physicians prescribe drugs electronically, according to The Wall Street Journal. Furthermore, only 35 million of the 3.6 billion prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies are sent electronically. One factor discouraging wider acceptance of electronic prescribing is the resistance of older physicians to any change their long-established habits. By contrast, young physicians leaving medical school are fast to adopt e-prescribing when it is available in general...
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