Diane Kovach, CMS
Annie Boynton, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPC-H
Panacea Healthcare Solutions
Stanley Nachimson, Sidney Hebert, Dennis Winkler,
Thomas C. Kravis, MD; and Tony Oliva, DO, MMM, CPE, FACPE
ICD-10 testing is back in the news — as if it weren’t always newsworthy. Two stories will be reported during a special news edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its national ICD-10 testing week on Monday, Nov. 17 for providers and clearinghouses. Appearing with an update on the testing results will be Diane Kovach, director of CMS’s provider billing group. In a related story, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Humana, along with a couple of other payers, are working together as a consortium on a strategy to help smaller health providers ease their transitions to ICD-10. Dennis Winkler with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Sidney Hebert with Humana will be announcing the launch of their content-based testing initiative, which is designed to give healthcare providers an opportunity to test their ICD-10 knowledge against pre-defined medical scenarios.
Talk Ten Tuesdays will be a testing ground for what some in the industry are calling “the battle of the cost estimates.” Venerable healthcare IT guru Stanley Nachimson, whose Nachimson Advisors, LLC authored the seminal study on the cost of ICD-10 implementation for physician practices, will respond to an article recently published in the Journal of AHIMA (the American Health Information Management Association) titled “Cost of Converting Small Physician Offices to ICD-10 Much Lower than Previously Reported.” Representing the authors of that study will be Thomas Kravis, MD, a physician consultant for 3M.
Finally, Anthony Oliva, MD, national medical director for Nuance Communications, Inc., a J.A. Thomas & Associates company, will make a guest appearance in our new segment, Doc2Doc.
All this and more will be coming your way on the next edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. EST.
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