Will you be ready for ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015? The current plan by governmental agencies is to implement ICD-10-CM in the United States this fall. Advocates for this change point out that ICD-9-CM went into effect in the US in 1979 and is obsolete, inadequate, and inflexible. The experts further state that the 69,000 plus codes of ICD-10-CM will provide more information and specificity on US morbidity statistics and improve data used for defining healthcare policy, providing appropriate reimbursement, researching epidemiological problems, making care decisions, and identifying quality care.
This is a true story. When I first got out of nursing school, I was given the assignment of passing meds and doing treatments for 25 residents in a long-term care facility. I walked in the room and a sweet little lady was sitting in a rocker next to the bed. “Mrs. Black,” I asked? She replied,” yes” so I prepared and gave her meds. About that time a CNA walked in and said, “Mrs. White, let’s get you back to your room.” Well, you can imagine my horror.
Continuous innovation has always been a hallmark of Optimus EMR. At our upcoming 2014 Optimus Information Exchange, October 1-2 in Tampa Bay, Florida, customers will once again learn about exciting new developments within the Optimus system. Following is a brief overview of some of the topics to be covered:
- Deficiency Free Surveys: Be prepared for more than just the State Survey with tips and ideas to help manage your data and software so it’s not managing you.
- Interoperability: Customers will learn about the next generation of Interfaces. CCD, RHIO, Clinical Data interfaces and more.
If you want to participate with the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in your area; the acute hospitals are demanding quality care and positive outcomes from the LTPAC industry. The Managed Care Organizations (MCO) for Medicaid expect quality care for a lower cost.
For you to deliver the desired outcomes and to have control over your operating costs you need an EHR partner that delivers the proper tools and support. EHR implementation studies have all confirmed that a very important aspect for successful EHR implementation is a relationship with an EHR vendor that is capable and willing to be hands on during the training which is preceded by workflow re-engineering. It is the workflow re-engineering hands on training that facilitates the mandatory staff conversion and EHR adoption. Optimus is the only EHR for LTPAC that makes that commitment to our partners and delivers this level of training and support.
According to the Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”) the purpose of interoperability in Health IT is the following:
Interoperability ensures that health-related information flows seamlessly from General Practitioner, to Specialist, to Hospital, to Post Acute Care and to Patient. In other words, the patient’s information follows the patient regardless of geographic, organizational, or vendor boundaries. Specifically, Interoperability refers to the architecture or standards that make it possible for diverse electronic health record (EHR) systems to work compatibly in a true information network.
With these purposes in mind, the following types of sharing are most important in LTPAC: