Thursday, October 30, 2014

Collection of Twitter Collections: All Things Healthcare & Information Technology

The following is a list of “Collections” I started maintaining on Twitter. It is a work in process and an example of what I do in my spare after-work time; so check back now and then for new items.

You can learn more about healthcare and IT-related topics by following me on Twitter.

Analytics & Reporting

Analytics & Big Data
White papers, studies, technical info, tips and commentary about analytics and reporting large data sets.

Data Quality & Governance
White papers, studies, technical info, tips and commentary about data quality and information governance

Healthcare Quality
Info, tips, ideas and specifications on health care quality measures and performance.

Healthcare Risk Mgmt
News, info, tips and ideas about health care risk assessment, identification, reporting and management. Includes info on HCC’s, RAF’s, the 3R’s program and other risk measures.

Segmentation & Clusters
News, info, white papers, tips and ideas about segmenting, grouping and clustering healthcare consumers and healthcare related data.


Consumers & Patients
News, info, tips and ideas about engaging and empowering individuals to better their health and better utilize available healthcare resources and coverage.

Health Insurance Tips
Tips, how-to’s and ideas to help average people better understand healthcare and how to use their health coverage.

Health Literacy
News, info, tips and ideas on healthcare literacy and improving ability of average consumers to better improve their health and well-being.

Healthcare Transparency
Articles, white papers, studies, commentary, tips, etc. on Healthcare Transparency

Workplace Culture
Info, tips, considerations and ideas regarding workplace culture


Affordable Care Act
News, info, tips and commentary on the Affordable Care Act – aka “Obamacare”

Healthplan Administration
News, info, facts, white papers and commentary on health care administration. 

Healthcare Payers
News, info, tips and ideas about health plans, payers and other risk-bearing entities

Health Info Exchange
News, info, tips and ideas about health information exchange and interoperability

Health Insurance Exchange
News, info, tips and ideas about health insurance exchanges. Aka “The Healthcare Marketplace” 

ICD-10 & Related 
News, info, tips and ideas about ICD-10 and related topics.

Articles, white papers, studies, and commentary on Medicare including Medicare Advantage.

Social Media

Health Care Social Media 
News, info, tips and ideas about social media in healthcare

Social Media Info
Articles, tips, how-to’s and ideas about social media.


API Economy 
White papers, studies, technical info, tips and commentary about Application Programming Interfaces, Service Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Service Bus and related 

Integration & Standards 
News, info, tips and ideas about Integration, Interoperability and standards 

Privacy, PHI & Security
Articles, information, tips, how-to's & commentary on privacy and security relative to healthcare and social media

Software Resources
Lists and resources of interest to people who plan, specify, design, build and test software applications and systems.

Tools & Apps
Collection of software-based tools to make your life easier

Agile & Project Related
Articles, tips, how-to’s and ideas about agile and related practices and methodologies.


Interesting Things
Collection of items I find interesting and which may be of interest/value to others

Predictions & Trends
News and information about predictions and trends impacting healthcare and related topics.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

12 Steps to ICD-10 Compliance

Today I read that the AMA has a 12 Step Transition Plan for helping providers transition to ICD-10. The AMA’s 12 Step Transition Plan and a tweet directed to me by Barbara Duck (aka MedicalQuack) inspired me to offer up my own 12 Step plan.

With all due respect to Bill W. and Dr. Bob, here’s my plan:

12 Steps to ICD-10 Compliance

1. We admitted we were powerless over government mandates - that in our current state we were not progressing toward compliance.

2. Came to believe that a conversion to ICD-10 could restore us to compliance.

3. Made a decision to turn our systems and software over to the care of a competent vendor as we understood one to be.

4. Made a searching and fearless detailed inventory of all our impacted systems, processes and software.

5. Admitted to the AMA, to ourselves, and to everyone on Twitter that we had decided to move toward compliance.

6. Were entirely ready to follow a plan to remove all defects from our converted applications.

7. Humbly asked for help when we were not capable of addressing any of our remediation plan shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all artifacts requiring conversion and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such software wherever possible, except when to do so would harm other software or processes.

10. Continued to take inventory, and when we found additional impacted items, promptly corrected them.

11. Sought through inspection and consultation to improve our current processes as we understood them, aiming only for improvement and the power to carry that out.

12. Having achieved compliance as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other out of compliance organizations, and to share our ideas in all our affairs.

So if any aspect of the AMA’s 12 Step Action Plan is not fully addressing your ICD-10 compliance needs, consider following the 12 Step plan I've provided above!

The original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous.

9 Blog Posts Covering ICD-10 Testing Topics

At this time, most organizations whose ICD-10 implementation project doesn't solely entail writing their congressman to kill the ICD-10 mandate should be pretty far along with their ICD-10 implementation; hopefully well into the testing phase. Towards that end, here’s a collection of some previous blog posts I made on ICD-10 testing.

14 Great Articles & Whitepapers on ICD-10 Testing

6 Considerations for Verifying ICD-10 Operational Neutrality

Validating and Verifying Your ICD-10 Remediation Efforts

Leverage Your 5010 Testing for ICD-10 Testing? I think not…

ICD-10 Application Integration Testing Considerations & Tips

11 Areas to Consider When Testing ICD-10 Impact to Payer Business Processes

Identifying and Categorizing ICD-10 Test Cases - 6 Key Elements

Testing ICD-10 is NOT like Testing 5010: Enabling Tests vs. Logic Tests

ICD-10 Medical Testing Scenarios – Be Happy in the Morning – Not Mourning