Friday, January 4, 2013

Part 2: Finding Good Stuff to Share in the Great ICD-10 Discussion

{Apologies...I need to learn how to indent and enumerate text on Blogspot! ...this would read way better if I new how to do that!}

In Part 1 of what I thought would be a 2 Part Series on Using Social Media to Participate in the Great ICD-10 Discussion, I shared some info about who I think are leaders in the ICD-10 Discussion. 

After starting on this Part 2, I decided I’d need 3 Parts to share what I wanted to share. So in this part 2 of my now 3-part series, I’ll share some of ideas, techniques and tips I use for acquiring ICD-10 information via popular social media channels; namely Twitter, LinkedIn and the Internet in general. 

In my last post, I’ll share some information on how I share ICD-10 information in the Great ICD-10 Discussion.

Here’s How I Find the Stuff I Share on Twitter

Follow Those Who Follow Thought Leaders

If you find someone who shares good info, check out who’s following that leader.

Follow Those Who Thought Leaders Follow

It makes sense that someone who shares good info will be following others who share good info.

Follow Less Obvious Sources

Most bloggers and writers of newsletters and whitepapers include their Twitter account info at the bottom, check out their tweet stream and see if they are Follow-worthy.

Read conference and webinar marketing pieces, these often provide detailed information on speakers and presenters. As above, check them out on Twitter and Google them.

Footnotes & Endnotes on research and white papers can be a great source of additional information. For instance, I found a lot of good information via the end notes in this AHIMA article.

Follow Industry Analysts and Leverage Industry Sources

A lot of great insight and ideas originate from healthcare industry analysts and associations. ICD-10 is a huge part of the health policy, payment, clinical and interoperability space. I noted some of my favorite sources in Part 1.

Here’s an example: AHIMA Perspectives

Leverage Search Engines and Focus Your Searches

I rarely just search for “ICD-10” but rather add another topic and a search operator or two.

For instance, if I’m looking for a PowerPoint presentation on “ICD-10 and Dual Coding” I’d enter the following: “ICD-10” “Dual Coding” filetype:ppt 

I also like to limit my searches to information from the last day or week. Google offers a nice “advanced search form” for this. See it here

You can also enter these operators directly but that’s a more detailed topic I’m not going to address.

Use Automated tools - It’s Always Better to Be Pushed Than Have to Pull

Why bother doing searches when you can spend a little time defining your topics of interest and letting a tool do the work for you.

Besides the somewhat old-fashioned RSS feeds, consider using other tools to find and deliver content to your inbox, like:

Google Alerts



and other tools do the work for me. One day I may share how to use WinHTT Web Site Copier to delve deep into rich sources of information. Unattended. Shhh!

Let Others Deliver Your ICD-10 News for You

Content Curation Tools 

There are several “content curation” tools that allow you to create your own “newspaper” containing Tweets, posts and news related to specific search terms. Here are a few that focus on ICD-10:

#ICD10 Daily (I think Jeff was the 1st to start this approach - Go Jeff!)

ICD-10 Compliant

ICD-10 Watcher

#ICD10 Consortium News

FYI: I think these Content Curation things are useful for more casual readers. They typically lag by what everyone else read 12-48 hours prior. You can also create your own.

LinkedIn Groups - Notifications

You’re on LinkedIn, right? There are a number of good LinkedIn Groups focused on ICD-10.

ICD9 to ICD-10 Migration Experts

ICD-10 Network Community

ICD-10 Coders Academy

ICD-10 Watch (Carl Natale's)

You can also subscribe to posts made to LinkedIn Groups and have them delivered to your inbox.

Blogs & Newsletters

There are few blogs and newsletters out there that specialize in ICD-10. You’re reading one of the best right now! Of course I’m biased. :) Details about what I think are the good ICD-10, Health Care Information Exchange and other blogs are a topic for another post.

But when you find one, be sure to subscribe to it so new posts and comments to posts will be sent to your inbox.


So what I’m offering here is the following:

  • Look outside of the vanilla box
  • Be choosy about what you read
  • Let others do the work for you
  • Let tools find and push content to you

Happy New Year! :)

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