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Why ICD-10 Has More Than 150,000 Codes - And What You Can Do About It

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 27, 2015

Use of the ICD-10 coding standard will no longer be optional after October 1. After that time, medical claims submitted without the correct ICD-10 codes will be rejected. Learning ICD-10 is comparable to learning a new language, one that is much more complex than ICD-9.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10

Top 4 ICD-10 Frequently Asked Questions with CMS and AMA

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2015

Q. What if I run into a problem with the transition to ICD-10 on or after October 1st 2015?
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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

Physicians Beware! 3 Revenue Cycle Impacting Changes in 2015

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 13, 2015

Just when you thought medical billing couldn't become a more complex process, it is set to do just that in 2015. Medical facilities could find their incomes affected unless they have a strategy ready for many of the changes expected to take place this year. This may be true even for practices that are experiencing above average financial outcomes.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Physician Payment

Avoiding Cash Flow Interruptions from ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 10, 2015

The time has come for making the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, with the deadline being October 1, 2015. The old ICD-9 system is outdated and insufficient for meeting the demands of a healthcare system that uses electronic health records and sharing of information. With greater detail on things like laterality of a condition, ICD-10 documentation will ultimately provide much richer health data that conveys more information than the old codes.

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Topics: ICD-10

10 Quick Tips to Prepare for ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 23, 2014

Whether you're just starting out with an ICD-10 plan of action (hopefully not) or you have been preparing for years, it is easy to become overwhelmed and forget everything that a good ICD-10 plan entails.

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Topics: ICD-10, Coding, Revenue Cycle Management

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: ICD-10, Practice Management, Coding

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