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HL7 and NCI collaborate on clinical trial link to EHRs

HL7 and NCI collaborate on clinical trial link to EHRs | #HITsm | Scoop.it

From FierceHealthIT:


Standards organization Health Level Seven International, better known as HL7, is working with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to facilitate the delivery of clinical trial data to clinicians via their electronic health records (EHRs). The effort will use HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), which is also the foundation of the clinical summary that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes to use in the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology.


"Studies have shown that right now it can take seven years or more for new research advances to be put into clinical practice," Robert Dolin, MD, vice chair of the HL7 board of directors said in an announcement. "We can make that process much quicker by improving physician access to clinical trial data, and by expressing clinical trial data using meaningful use EHR standards."

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Why non-covered entities will want to vigorously implement ICD-10 coding

Why non-covered entities will want to vigorously implement ICD-10 coding | #HITsm | Scoop.it

ICD10 Watch: All of healthcare will be using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes after Oct. 1, 2013. Sort of, according to Carl Natale.


There are non-covered entities that are not required to switch. Entities such as worker's compensation, disability and auto insurers that do reimburse healthcare providers.


If the non-covered entities don't want to switch to ICD-10 coding, they don't have to and can require healthcare providers to submit medical claims with ICD-9 codes. Which will create complications and headaches for providers.


According to a post by Dave Shaver
: There are pros and cons on many fronts around shifting to ICD-10. From an integration standpoint, most codes are carried in HL7 as a CE data type. This means that HL7 is by-and-large “already prepared” for ICD-10.

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