• How to Select the Right ICD-10 Code at Pizza-Ordering Speed Image

    articleFeb 26, 2015

    How to Select the Right ICD-10 Code at Pizza-Ordering Speed

    In the face of the impending ICD-10 implementation, you might be afraid of getting lost in the mire of new codes, left to wander the metaphorical sewers as you scavenge for whatever relevant codes you can find. And when October 1 rolls around, you very well could stumble upon a shattered glass jar and four baby turtles, and—wait a second; this sounds a lot like the plot of a ’90s movie about life-sized teenage reptiles. Even though …

  • You've Got a Friend in EMR: Why a Web-Based Solution Will Be the ICD-10 Hero Your Clinic Needs Image

    articleFeb 25, 2015

    You've Got a Friend in EMR: Why a Web-Based Solution Will Be the ICD-10 Hero Your Clinic Needs

    ICD-10 adoption in the US is long overdue , and adoption is necessary to ensure patient record accuracy as health care evolves. To make way for the inevitable changes that will follow that evolutionary path, the new code set is complex enough to account for future unknowns. Plus, it allows therapists and other providers to accurately report diagnoses for conditions that are part of the modern medical repertoire but do not currently exist within the ICD-9 code …

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    webinarFeb 24, 2015

    The PT’s 2015 ICD-10 Checklist

    The ICD-10 switch is upon us—October 1, 2015, to be exact—and you only have about seven months to finalize all of your clinic’s preparations. Feel your brow beading with stress sweat? Instead of fretting, tune in to this must-watch webinar. Hosts Heidi Jannenga and Mike Manheimer will outline everything you and your practice need to do to be ICD-10-ready before the clock runs out. In this session, you’ll learn how to: Assess current clinic diagnosis coding processes …

  • Beware of ICD-10 Shortcuts: The Case Against One-to-One Crosswalking Image

    articleFeb 24, 2015

    Beware of ICD-10 Shortcuts: The Case Against One-to-One Crosswalking

    ICD-10 is inherently more sophisticated and specific than ICD-9, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more complicated. So, why are healthcare professionals pulling their hair out over the mandatory transition to these new codes? Because learning ICD-10 is like learning a new language. If we were going into this with a clean slate–like a newborn babe—perhaps it wouldn’t be so tough to learn the language. Unfortunately, though, the US healthcare industry has relied on ICD-9 codes for …

  • The Case for Coders Image

    articleFeb 23, 2015

    The Case for Coders

    As the ICD-10 saga unfolds, providers and other stakeholders inevitably will find that the new codes are far more specific than ICD-9 . And because of that specificity, simple mistakes could lead to reimbursement delays and claim denials. To get ahead of the game and prevent denials, you’ll need some type of quality control to keep those tiny—but potentially costly—errors from occurring. One way to do that? Hire an outside expert: an ICD-10-trained medical coder. Decoding Coders …

  • 50 Shades of ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 19, 2015

    50 Shades of ICD-10

    While ICD-10 may not make you hot, it probably gets you pretty bothered. Finding an ICD-10 code that’s a perfect match for a particular ICD-9 code is like trying to find a shade of paint that’s the exact same color as your new gray throw pillows. You might assume you can simply tell your friendly hardware store associate you’d like a can of gray paint for your living room, and boom—all done. Easy peasy. But when you …

  • It’s ICD-10 Crunch Time. Here’s How to Triumph. Image

    articleFeb 18, 2015

    It’s ICD-10 Crunch Time. Here’s How to Triumph.

    During Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, the administration was under a lot of pressure to fix everything from the Vietnam War to inflation. Naturally, the LBJ team started using the word “crunch” as a noun describing a stressful, crisis-type situation. Handling a crunch required longer hours and laser-focus—hence, “crunch time”—which is precisely what the healthcare industry is in now. Sure, it’s no Vietnam, but with only nine months until the switch—i.e., the day everyone must use ICD-10 codes …

  • History of ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 17, 2015

    History of ICD-10

    If you haven’t heard of ICD-10 by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock . Though CMS has talked about the impending implementation of ICD-10 like a boy crying “Wolf!, ” the days of false alarms are over—at least that’s what the experts are saying . That’s right: it’s finally happening, folks. And the mandatory transition to the new diagnosis code set will be here before we know it (even if it is 20 years late). …

  • How to Lose a Valentine in ICD-10 Days Image

    articleFeb 12, 2015

    How to Lose a Valentine in ICD-10 Days

    For some, Valentine’s Day provides a reason to break out the bubbly; for others, it’s an excuse to stay in and avoid all the lovey-dovey hoopla. But whether Valentine’s Day has you celebrating or scowling, these ICD-10 codes are sure to elicit a chuckle or two: 1. I Love You, but I Love Me (More) Feeling preoccupied with your own self-importance? You might not be alone, but you could certainly end up that way. If ICD-10 code …

  • ICD-9 Ain’t Got Nothin’ on ICD-10 Image

    articleFeb 11, 2015

    ICD-9 Ain’t Got Nothin’ on ICD-10

    The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), has quite a storied history for a code set that has yet to go into effect here in the US. With the multiple delays it has suffered , you might be wondering why on Earth we’re even making the switch. I mean, ICD-9 has done fine thus far, and the delays only prove that, right? Wrong. Not to sound like a politician, but not only is ICD-9 bad for …

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