On March 31, Congress passed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Bill that extends the proposed physician rate reduction for one year,
but which also includes language that delays the compliance deadline for converting to the ICD-10 system of diagnostic and procedural
coding from October 1, 2014, to not before October 1, 2015. President Obama is expected to sign this bill.
Premier’s ICD-10 implementation team has laid a great foundation for documentation improvement. Over the next few weeks, we will
assess our project plan and conduct a “START/STOP/CONTINUE” exercise to determine our next steps. We have a lot of momentum going with
our project, which is enabling more accurate documentation and ultimately improved patient care, as downstream clinicians can review
and rely upon more complete chart notes. These efforts are beneficial, whether coding in ICD-9 or ICD-10. Many of the tasks underway
will continue. Other tasks will be rescheduled for later dates, and the frequency of our scheduled meeting times will likely
To learn more about ICD-10 and how it will impact you, there are two workshops being offered to help.
A one-day workshop and a two-day workshop are being offered to help physicians and any
health care professional learn understand the changes and expectations.
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