ICD 10 as a Part of 'Meaningful Use'
Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS') rule on 'meaningful use' does not provide financial incentives for ICD-10 implementation, the timelines of the regulations warrant inclusion of ICD-10 codes in the electronic health record (EHR) framework. In addition, the performance metrics of 'meaningful use' and increased granularity of ICD-10 have a common objective – reduce the cost of healthcare by eliminating redundant procedures.
What are the strategic approaches to 'meaningful use' to achieve better wellness management? How can self-assessment of EHR-preparedness enable gap-fit analysis to achieve the requirements of 'meaningful use?'
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EHRs that are not ICD-10 compliant as of January 1, 2015 will cease to be considered 'meaningful' EHRs. It is prudent to make ICD-10 a part of 'meaningful use.'
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Beyond compliance: Meaningful use as a catalyst for improved performance
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