Searchable database of industry submitted questions answered by leading associations and organizations assists industry beyond transition
RESTON, Va. — October 1, 2015 — The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other industry associations and partners, announced its searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database – originally launched in early 2014 as part of its ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative – will continue operation after the transition to ICD-10. Through this database, WEDI, CMS and additional partners help to triage issues and provide valuable information and resources to support healthcare organizations in understanding how the new codes and coding standards will impact diagnosis and inpatient procedures.
Once an issue has been submitted into the ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database, it is reviewed by WEDI staff and submitted on to the appropriate resource. After review, answers are made available online in the searchable database to help other healthcare organizations that may be facing similar issues. If name and contact information is provided, WEDI will also follow up directly.
“This tool has been an important component in our goal of ensuring a successful ICD-10 implementation for healthcare providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of WEDI. “As we’ve neared the implementation deadline, questions are coming in at a feverish pace. Because of this, it is important that all healthcare industry stakeholders have continued access to this valuable resource well beyond the transition deadline of October 1.”
Members of the health IT community may continue to send their implementation challenges to the searchable database of ICD-10 issues, which is open to the public for submission. This service is intended for broad-based, ICD-10 transition-related questions and challenges that are encountered, rather than specific consulting code mapping for individual patient cases. Issues can be submitted anonymously, but WEDI highly encourages submitters to provide full contact information so that WEDI can contact the submitter directly once it has a resolution to the issue.
For more information on this and other WEDI ICD-10 initiatives and resources, visit the ICD-10 Workgroup information page.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.