As released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today, CMS will end its enforcement discretion period for Version 5010 standards on June 30, 2012. This means that medical practices must be fully compliant with all of the upgraded transaction standards for ASC X12 Version 5010 (Version 5010) by this deadline.
As of July 1, [...]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) says it will not initiate enforcement action against any non-compliant entities for an additional three (3) months, through June 30, 2012, for updated HIPAA transaction standards (ASC X12 Version 5010, NCPDP Versions D.0 and 3.0).
Still need to become 5010 compliant? [...]
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius today announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).
The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January 2009 and [...]
MGMA sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the major payment disruptions medical practices are experiencing as a result of the transition to the HIPAA Version 5010 electronic transactions standard on Jan. 1.
Along with examples of problems practices have been having with Version 5010, the [...]
The Version 5010 (ASC X12 Version 5010) deadline was 1/1/12, but, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not initiate enforcement action until 4/1/12. CMS made this decision based on industry feedback that many organizations and their trading partners were not yet ready to finalize system upgrades to be compliant.
CMS is encouraging providers [...]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims Processing Guide for ICD-10. The document includes information on how to handle claims for services during the ICD-9 and ICD-10 transition, including the actual implementation date. ICD-9 codes will not be accepted on claims after October 1, 2013. Harmony Healthcare IT, a health IT services [...]
For the average family medical practice, patient no-shows can escalate to 30%.
That can equate to a substantial decrease in billing revenue. Protect that potential loss by ensuring your patients show up — or at least provide adequate cancellation notice.
Want to learn more? You are invited to register for a webinar on Thursday, 9/15/11, at 11am [...]
Harmony Healthcare IT’s revenue cycle management partner, ZirMed, has been named for the sixth consecutive year to the 2011 INC magazine ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Beginning with the INC 500 and continuing with the INC 5000, ZirMed has become one of the few companies with such a record in the prestigious listing.
The INC [...]
To Keep or Replace Sage Medical Manager® to comply with ‘Meaningful Use’ and 5010/ICD-10? THAT is the Question.
Achieving meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) is not the only deadline facing medical practices. By federal mandate, in January of 2012, practices must process claims in the new 5010 format, a transaction standard that will support ICD-10 codes. And then, by October of 2013, practices must successfully convert to ICD-10, an expanded [...]
For four years now, medical practice professionals have responded to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) about their biggest daily professional challenges, as well as their struggles to adapt their professions and practices to a time of rapid change, legislative pressure and fiscal uncertainty.
According to the MGMA 2011 “Medical Practice Today: What Members Have to [...]
ZirMed®, Harmony Healthcare IT’s provider of revenue cycle management solutions, has been ranked as America’s 79th largest Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) company by revenue in Healthcare Informatics magazine’s 2011 Top 100 listing. The ranking marks the fifth consecutive year ZirMed has been included in the prestigious listing, fueled by a solid revenue growth to $51 million [...]
ZirMed, Harmony Healhcare IT’s provider of revenue cycle management solutions, has recently been recognized by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), an independent, self-governing body which evaluates performance criteria for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), for achieving the requirements of the EHNAC HIPAA 5010 Readiness Assessment Program. Additionally, ZirMed was a major participant in the Centers for Medicare [...]
ZirMed, our revenue cycle management partner, has made an online ”5010 Resource Center” available to you. The site includes
an overview of the HIPAA Version 5010/D.0 final rule
the key decision that your practice will need to make regarding 5010
ZirMed’s role in helping you comply with the 5010 mandate
which transactions will be affected
steps to ensure the readiness of [...]
Harmony Healthcare IT has launched a new website specifically for users of Sage Medical Manager called medicalmanagerusers.com. The purpose of the website is to provide a resource center for practice managers who need to decide whether to keep or replace Sage Medical Manager in order to comply with 5010/ICD-10 mandates and/or to achieve meaningful use [...]
Thrive, offered 2/9 from 9am-5pm, is ZirMed’s first web-based client conference dedicated to assisting clients in using ZirMed’s solutions more efficiently and completely and understanding the continuously evolving healthcare industry.
Any ZirMed customer is invited to attend. There are multiple tracks available and attendees have the option to switch between tracks [...]
Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana (MSCI) is one of the Midwest’s largest healthcare clinical groups, with 60 physicians deployed at 13 locations across all of northern Indiana. The practice averages 16,000 patient encounters per month, encompassing specialties from pediatrics and dermatology to endocrinology, pulmonary medicine and even sleep diagnostics. Such a diverse network requires a [...]
There are a number of deadlines to keep track of to ensure your practice is compliant with new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) HIPAA Version 5010 rules. The first of those deadlines is 1/1/11: the date when practices should test the functionality of practice management and clearinghouse software for claims, remittance advice, eligibility and referrals using Version 5010 standards.
ZirMed®, the national provider partner used by Harmony Healthcare IT for revenue cycle management solutions, has announced that it is inviting healthcare practices to begin “early adopter” testing of transactions under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new HIPAA Version 5010 rules. The announcement comes six months ahead of the mandated January 1, 2011 deadline for testing [...]
ZirMed has recently launched Patient Notebook, an innovative new website that enables healthcare providers to securely send electronic statements to patients and empowers those patients to view, manage, and pay their statements quickly and easily. Patient Notebook simplifies the payment process for patients, saves healthcare providers up to 40% on their monthly mailing costs, and is environmentally [...]
Implementation of ICD-10 and the Updated Transaction Code Sets is intended to
improve patient care quality and data reporting
enhance claim processing
promote interoperability across all industry stakeholders
What is the rationale for adopting ICD-10?
ICD-9-CM is the current code sets standard adopted by the Secretary of HHS under HIPAA. ICD-9 is used by all covered entities to report diagnoses [...]