In a few weeks, I’ll have the pleasure of speaking at American Express’s Journey of Innovation, where I’ll elaborate on how innovation has monumentally changed my life, how it influenced the WebPT company culture, and how it will continue to play a role in my future as well as WebPT’s. I’ve spoken on these topics before, and I’m sure I will speak about them again. After all, innovation is not only extremely important, but it’s also an integral part of my life—as I hope it is in yours.
The current healthcare system is broken. That’s clear—regardless of your political point of view. To be honest, I’ve been a bit of a naysayer in the past about the government’s capacity to be the driving force in healthcare reform—to improve standardization, which ultimately is the key to providing and scaling quality health services. However, after listening to and speaking with several leaders in government healthcare IT, I feel differently. In fact, I now know that they get it, that there are both good ideas and good intentions behind these changes because they all add to something greater. ICD-10 is one of these changes.
In mid-June, I attended the HIMSS ICD-10 Conference in Washington, D.C. The US is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes—for perspective, Canada, the second-to-last adopter, implemented them in each province between 2001 and 2005. So why transition to ICD-10? Well, besides catching up with the rest of the world, ICD-10 will allow providers to be even more specific and exact in describing patient diagnoses, thus improving interoperability, data sharing and outcomes, evidence-based practice, and ultimately public health.
With so much to absorb in just three days, you can imagine that I may have felt a little overwhelmed. Nevertheless, I took copious notes, and here are the most important things I learned from such interesting speakers as Farzad Mostashari, Denise Buenning, and Mark Lott:
As a small business owner myself, I understand the trials, tribulations, and joys of running a company—and there are certainly many of each. It can be a roller coaster of responsibilities, expectations, and pressure. And that’s a lot for any person to take on. But with all the downs, there are plenty of ups.
There’s no denying that functional limitation reporting is a little more work to get the same (or less if you consider MPPR) reimbursement and that ignites fear among some in our industry. But you shouldn’t be fearful; you should be frustrated at our own inability to document to a standard that shows our clinical relevance and the amazing outcomes we achieve every day in clinics across the US.
It’s April. And that means spring has sprung. Even though many across the country would argue that winter is still hanging on for dear life, the leaves will soon unfurl and the sun will shine. So what does this mean for you and your practice? It means now’s the time to shake off the winter doldrums and spring forward (see what I did there?) into new beginnings.
Over the last several months, we focused much of our content on the significance of documentation. Not simply because of its importance in remaining compliant and receiving reimbursements but also because of the bigger picture—it’s crucial in elevating our profession; achieving autonomy, direct access, and respect; and receiving the recognition we deserve as the musculoskeletal experts.