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11 Tips to Avoid a Dangerous ICD-10 Code During Thanksgiving

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 25, 2014

When it comes to ICD-10 codes and Thanksgiving, it just doesn't get much better than this. Here are 11 tips to avoiding any mishaps during your Thanksgiving celebration that could result in an odd ICD-10 diagnosis code.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10

ICD-10 Final Rule Released - Compliance Date Set

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule Thursday afternoon for a compliance date of October 1, 2015 for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.

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Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: Family Practice and Internal Medicine

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 3, 2014

CMS invites you to view a newly released webcast on ICD-10 documentation and  codingconcepts for family practice and internal medicine. This webcast is the first in the CMS  “Road to 10”  series designed to help you with ICD-10 clinical documentation specific to your medical specialty. 

An AHIMA-certified coder presents on the webcast, which focuses on unique ICD-10 clinical documentation needs and hot topics for family practice and internal medicine:

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Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: Orthopedics

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 18, 2014

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Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: Pediatrics

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 16, 2014

CMS invites you to view a newly released webcast on ICD-10 documentation and coding concepts for pediatrics. This webcast is the first in the CMS “Road to 10” series designed to help you with ICD-10 clinical documentation specific to your medical specialty. 

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Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: OBGYN

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 13, 2014

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Topics: ICD-10

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: Cardiology

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 12, 2014

CMS invites you to view a newly released webcast on ICD-10 documentation and coding concepts for cardiology. This webcast is the first in the CMS “Road to 10” series designed to help you with ICD-10 clinical documentation specific to your medical specialty. 

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Topics: ICD-10

CMS Cancels July ICD-10 Testing; Industry Reacts to New Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 6, 2014

On Friday, CMS announced that it has canceled ICD-10 testing scheduled for late July for a  small sample group of health care providers as a result of the ICD-10 compliance deadline delay, Health Data Management  reports (Slabodkin,  Health Data Management , 5/2).

Background

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

4 Steps to Help You Trump ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 29, 2014

If you have not heard by now, CMS has delayed ICD-10 implementation until October 2015. The delay either has you annoyed, doing a happy dance, or perhaps both.  Already start your ICD-10 implementation phase?  If so, it is crucial not to lose the ICD-10 momentum.  If you have not implemented a plan yet, you are in luck!  However the luck will run out so it is important that you take steps to prepare for the ICD-10 implementation.  The thought of the switch alone is stressful but procrastination will only make the transition more difficult.

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Topics: ICD-10, Coding

Senate Approves ICD-10 Delay and SGR Patch

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 1, 2014

By a vote of 64 to 35, the U.S. Senate on March 31 approved legislation that includes a provision to delay the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives and passed legislation to prevent a 24% cut in physician fee schedule payments from occurring as previously scheduled. Instead, Medicare physician fee schedule payments will continue to be paid as they have been for the past 3 months.
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Topics: Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding

House Delays SGR Cuts, ICD-10 for a Year | Senate to Vote Monday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 28, 2014

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation to delay the 24% physician fee schedule cut slated to take effect on April 1, 2014. However, the legislation did not stop there. A number of other changes were made that will have long-lasting implications. A listing of these changes is available at the end of this post.

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Topics: ICD-10

Congress to Vote on ICD-10 Delay Today

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 27, 2014

A new bill has been introduced into the US House and Senate that features a brief mention for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015.

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Topics: ICD-10

CMS' Tavenner: ICD-10 Deadline Will Not Be Delayed

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 28, 2014

During a keynote address at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Florida, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed. However, she is offering relief to providers, payers, and HIT vendors struggling with Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requirements.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Now Available: "Road to 10" Resource to Help with ICD-10 Transition

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 26, 2014

The transition to ICD-10 is going to change how you do business from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades.  However CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

Less Than 10% of Physician Practices Ready for ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 10, 2014

Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.

“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”

MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

WEDI Survey a Snapshot of ICD-10 Implementation Status

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 7, 2014

 “When compared to a similar WEDI survey given in February 2013, the healthcare industry has slipped further behind key ICD-10 compliance milestones suggested in the WEDI/NCHICA timeline,” the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) explained in a prepared statement.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding

Medical Billing in 2014: 5 Quick Reminders for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 3, 2014

Every year we set new goals and expectations for ourselves.  January 1st is a clean slate for most of us hoping to make a change for the better in our lives.  This year, make the commitment to your practice. Devoting time and effort to each of the following 5 points will help prepare your practice for the upcoming changes and help you better manage your practice in 2014.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, ICD-10

[Infographic] Important Healthcare Deadlines to Remember

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 19, 2013

Healthcare Deadlines Over the Next Few Years

Still trying to figure out the who, what, when and where of the upcoming healthcare deadlines? It can be hard to stay up-to-date with all of the changes with policies and payments. Check out the following timeline to plan for the changes over the next couple of years.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Join the Next CMS eHealth Webinar on Program Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 3, 2013

Join Next Provider Webinar on 2014 CMS eHealth Program Milestones for Eligible Professionals

Eligible Professionals (EPs) are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on milestones for 2014 eHealth programs, which will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will help you prepare for major eHealth deadlines, transition milestones and benchmarks in 2014. CMS experts will present on eHealth programs including the EHR Incentive ProgramsICD-10, and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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Topics: EHR, CMS, ICD-10, PQRS, Incentive Programs

4 Major Risks with ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 13, 2013

According to CMS, 1 in 5 physician practices will see their Medicare denials double for up to 6 months after October 1, 2014, the deadline for ICD-10. Your practice does not have to be one of them. Get started early with planning for ICD-10.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding