iPatientCare Announced Today Continuing with ICD-10 Implementation and Training Effort Despite A Year’s Delay
iPatientCare, Inc., a pioneer in mHealth and cloud based ambulatory EHR, Integrated Practice Management and Patient Portal Solutions announced today its commitment to staying the course of developing and implementing the “ICD-10 ready” i PatientCare EHR by moving forward with the scheduled eLearning Series and piloting the ICD-10 ready version of iPatientCare EHR and integrated Practice Management System.
Last week, the health care community discovered an important and little-known provision tucked into the bill that would delay ICD-10 implementation until October 2015, despite decries from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that there would be no further delays. ICD-10 will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), not just those who submit Medicare or Medicaid claims. The transition addresses the need for new and expanded codes which are not present in the outdated ICD-9 version.
The delay will ease the burden on physicians who have been fighting the clock to get implementation efforts in the practice. Even with 18 months rather than six to prepare, some offices may still lag behind the initial 20-month preparation window recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its ICD-10 Timeline for Small-Medium Practices.
“We believe the delay of the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 deadline was a welcome reprieve to those private practices struggling with migration tasks. We remain committed to our ICD-10 development schedule, releasing features that will guide our customers through their practice implementation process and enabling their participation in testing cycles with insurance carriers, as they become ready. Our dual coding feature enables our clients to handle day-to-day activities in ICD-9, yet easily conduct carrier tests in ICD-10. This vote by Congress does not change our timeline or strategy, it simply enables the iPatientCare platform to be further tested and enhanced,” added Arnaz Bharucha, Senior Technology Officer, iPatientCare.
“We have been disseminating knowledge for ICD-10 almost exclusively over the past several months in order to meet the increase in demand. The move to ICD-10 is inevitable; we believe now is not the time to tap the brakes, training is as important as ever. We will continue our efforts to prepare providers for the conversion,” said Udayan Mandavia, President/CEO, iPatientCare.