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2011 Health Devices Achievement Award CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Emergency Care Re- search Institute (ECRI) is

accepting submissions to its sixth annual Health De- vices Achievement Award program. The award honors healthcare facilities for achieving excellence in health technology management. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011, and entries are accepted online at

The winner will receive a plaque honoring the ac- complishment and will be featured in ECRI Institute’s Health Devices journal and in other promotional outlets. Last year’s winner, Kaiser Permanente (Ir- vine, Calif.), submitted descriptions of its “Total Joint Replacement Registry” and “Cardiac Device Registry” initiatives.

Crosswalks at your fi ngertips CLAIMS AND CODING

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

has made available the 2011 versions of the ICD- 10-CM and ICD-10-PCS crosswalks, also known as general equivalence mappings (GEMs), on the ICD- 10 portion of its Web site ( A quick reference guide, a “What’s New” summary, compliance timelines, and a user- and reimbursement- procedures guide are also downloadable. According to CMS, “ICD-10 codes must be used

on all HIPAA transactions, including outpatient claims with dates of service, and inpatient claims with dates of discharge on and after Oct. 1, 2013. Otherwise, your claims and other transactions may be rejected, and you will need to resubmit them with the ICD- 10 codes. This could result in delays and may impact your reimbursements, so it is important to start now to prepare for the changeover to ICD-10 codes. This change does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures.”


EVENTS February

The Society for Health Systems (SHS) Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 17-19, Orlando, brings together management engineers, clinicians, academia and other healthcare professionals to build the knowledge and skills required to manage and improve quality operations and complex health environments. New this year is a special clinical track, pre-conference workshops and extra opportunities to mingle and learn with others in the healthcare fi eld.

HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition,

Feb. 20-24, Orlando, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Check out more than 900 companies exhibiting thousands of health IT products and services, with more than 250 fi rst-time exhibiting companies offering new technology. April

Eighth annual World Healthcare Congress (WHCC), April 4-6, Washington, D.C., is World Congress’ fl agship event that gathers more than 1,800 healthcare, government and corporate leaders to formulate solutions to the challenges of healthcare cost, quality and delivery.


The AIIM International Conference & Expo @ info360, March 21-24, Washington, D.C., is an annual event for the business-content and information- management industry, encompassing the technologies and strategies used to capture, manage, share and store documents and digital content.

The American College for Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2011 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 21-24, Chicago, draws more than 4,000 top healthcare leaders from around the world to attend more than 140 seminars, general sessions and other events. Topics covered include quality and patient safety, innovative technologies, physician alignment, fi nancial strategies and patient access.

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