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  • Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Begin ICD-10 Preparation Image

    articleApr 30, 2014

    Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Begin ICD-10 Preparation

    So, ICD-10 has been delayed. But just because the government is dragging its feet, doesn’t mean you should, too. In fact, it’s imperative that you don’t. According to Avery Hurt in this article , “...if you are smart and well-prepared, you can not only survive the transition, but benefit from fairer reimbursement in the long run.” Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to begin ICD-10 preparation: 1. It’s coming. Yes, this …

  • Preparing for ICD-10 Image

    webinarApr 29, 2014

    Preparing for ICD-10

    At the end of March, Congress passed legislation that delays the mandatory transition to ICD-10 until October 1, 2015. With all that extra time, some of you might be eager to push the new code set to the back of your mind. Au contraire! Even though we now have a year and six months until the US goes live with ICD-10, there’s still a lot to be done—and we’re here to help. In this month’s webinar, we’ll …

  • How to Test ICD-10 Externally Image

    articleApr 29, 2014

    How to Test ICD-10 Externally

    Today, we’re tackling how to test ICD-10 externally. (We discussed testing internally yesterday. Click here if you missed it.) The point of testing is to ensure that—come the mandatory transition deadline—you, your processes, and your systems are all working in harmony so you get paid for doing what you do best: treating your patients. According to Carl Natale, editor of ICD10Watch and author of this article , proper testing should help you: “Verify that [your] practice can …

  • How to Test ICD-10 Internally Image

    articleApr 28, 2014

    How to Test ICD-10 Internally

    ICD-10 is coming—as of now, it’s slated for 2015. But just because it’s been delayed doesn’t mean you should delay your testing plans. Today, we’ll discuss how to test ICD-10 internally (and tomorrow, we’ll tackle testing externally). In this article , Brooke Andrus wrote about Advanced MD ’s testing plan, which includes testing to ensure that: Your staff can competently use the new codes. Each redesigned process or workflow actually works. But before you begin, you should …

  • Immoderately Happy: A Column Image

    articleApr 25, 2014

    Immoderately Happy: A Column

    "When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.' They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life." –Unknown I was having lunch at a cafe last week, when I overheard another table discussing the importance of moderation—specifically as a …

  • This Week in PT News, April 25 Image

    articleApr 25, 2014

    This Week in PT News, April 25

    Seven Back Pain Myths Busted Because so many Americans--80% to be exact--will experience back pain at some point in their lives, it’s no wonder so many rumors exist about this condition. In a new Huffington Post article , author Linda Melone of PBS’s Next Avenue debunks those myths and sheds some light on what you can do to alleviate the pain. P4 Pain Scale Useful in Knee Osteoarthritis In a Canadian study, researchers have found that the …

  • ICD-10 Checklist for PTs Image

    articleApr 24, 2014

    ICD-10 Checklist for PTs

    To expand on yesterday’s blog post in which I discussed developing an ICD-10 prep plan for your practice, here is a checklist of specific items you should consider and cross off as you prepare. Compile educational resources—such as websites, webinars, and videos—and register for training courses. Assess your current diagnosis coding processes. Start looking at the diagnosis code processes you have in place now and figure out how to tweak them to accommodate the new codes. In …

  • ICD-10 To-Do for PTs Image

    articleApr 23, 2014

    ICD-10 To-Do for PTs

    By now, we’re all aware that, thanks to Congress , the mandatory transition date for ICD-10 has been pushed back from October 1 of this year to at least October 1, 2015. If you were one of the many practitioners and vendors who weren’t super confident in their readiness—or were procrastinating about ICD-10 nearly as much as Congress was when it came to fixing SGR—this is your lucky break. Of course, now there’s no excuse not to …

  • How to Comply with Conflicting Billing and State Practice Requirements—and Other  Useful Information Image

    articleApr 22, 2014

    How to Comply with Conflicting Billing and State Practice Requirements—and Other Useful Information

    I’ve recently received quite a few questions about how therapists can best meet conflicting billing and state practice requirements. Today, I thought I’d provide some clarity on that and explain why documentation is important for cash-based practices when it comes to addressing liability. Billing Requirements All payers—Medicare and private health insurance companies—maintain requirements that you must meet to receive reimbursement for your services. Additionally, each state has its own supervision requirements (based on license type) as documented …

  • Can You Ever Use an Unspecified ICD-10 Code? Image

    articleApr 22, 2014

    Can You Ever Use an Unspecified ICD-10 Code?

    With five times as many codes as ICD-9, ICD-10 is certainly more specific. It’s no wonder, then, that the use of unspecified codes has become a common topic of discussion among healthcare professionals. Unspecified codes are incredibly common in coding with ICD-9. However, there’s a general consensus that using unspecified ICD-10 codes could prove detrimental. In addition to corrupting the reliability and validity of the data, the use of unspecified codes could lead to claim denials. With …

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