• The Final 48: Your Guide to ICD-10 Transition Day Image

    articleAug 31, 2015 | 5 min. read

    The Final 48: Your Guide to ICD-10 Transition Day

    For law enforcement officials, the 48 hours immediately following a crime are the most crucial. Why? Because if they haven’t found any leads, identified any suspects, or made any arrests by the time the two-day clock expires, their chances of cracking the case—and, in some cases, saving lives—dwindle significantly. And while ICD-10 isn’t exactly a life-or-death situation, those HIPAA-covered providers making the switch will be up against a similar make-it-or-break-it timeframe. The only difference—besides the whole crime …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Bradley LaFave Image

    articleAug 27, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Bradley LaFave

    Whether it’s developing his own classification system for cabernets or overhauling a customer training program to make it more streamlined and intuitive, Bradley LaFave is always game for an exercise in improvement—especially if it involves pruning the complexity out of overly complicated processes. After all, why worry about nuances like tannin, fruit, and body when all it really comes down to is quality-versus-cost. That’s why Bradley’s wine system features three simple levels of classification: Weekday Cabernets are …

  • What’s Your ICD-10 Spirit Animal Code? [Quiz] Image

    articleAug 24, 2015 | 1 min. read

    What’s Your ICD-10 Spirit Animal Code? [Quiz]

    If you know anything about ICD-10—and by now, I really hope you do—then you’ve definitely heard at least a few giggle-inducing entries from the new code set. And many of those wacky codes involve our winged, finned, hoofed, and tailed friends. Sure, you probably won’t ever have the opportunity to submit “W56.12XA, Struck by sea lion, initial encounter” or “W61.43XS, Pecked by turkey, sequela”—but such codes have definitely provided the healthcare community with some much-needed comic relief …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What is ICD-10? Image

    articleAug 17, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What is ICD-10?

    In a little under two months, the entire US healthcare system will transition to ICD-10—and trust us, this is no small shift. But with any change, the key to success is preparation, and in this case, preparation starts with education. So, we’ve done our darndest to compile an arsenal of totally free ICD-10 learning resources, including blog posts, guides, webinars, and now, videos. In this first edition of our ICD-10 Talk video series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga provides …

  • What’s Your ICD-10 IQ? [Edit] Image

    articleAug 10, 2015 | 1 min. read

    What’s Your ICD-10 IQ? [Edit]

    For months, we’ve gone on and on about ICD-10 testing: testing your coding processes, testing your software, and testing with your payers. Now, with under two months to go before the transition date, it’s time to test one more very important factor: yourself. After all, no matter how sophisticated your systems and software are, critical thinking—and more importantly, clinical judgment—will make or break your ICD-10 success.   Think you’re an ICD-10 Einstein? Take our quiz to prove …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: Converting ICD-9 Codes into ICD-10 Image

    articleAug 7, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: Converting ICD-9 Codes into ICD-10

    One of the best ways to prepare your clinic for the ICD-10 transition is to compile a list of ICD-10 codes for your most common patient diagnoses. For many clinics, the first step of that process would be generating a list of the ICD-9 codes they use most frequently. But how do you go about finding the ICD-10 equivalent for each one of those codes? In this video, I provide a simple tutorial on how to translate …

  • 7 Scoops of 7th Character Sage Image

    articleAug 5, 2015 | 7 min. read

    7 Scoops of 7th Character Sage

    Seven dwarves; seven world wonders; 7-Up. These are all totally non-threatening—some might even say smile-inducing—associations with the number seven. ICD-10’s seventh character, on the other hand, has caused a lot of frowns—or, at the very least, furrowed brows—among those in the healthcare community. And that’s especially true for physical therapists. Here, I’ve compiled a list of seven seventh-character must-knows: 1. There’s no ICD-9 equivalent of the seventh character. ICD-9 caps its codes at five characters, meaning seventh …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes Image

    articleJul 31, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Use External Cause Codes

     By now, you’ve probably seen—and made fun of—more than a few wacky-sounding ICD-10 codes. And while chances are slim that you’ll actually need to code for a patient who has been struck by a macaw or suffered a burn due to his or her water skis being on fire—two situations that would warrant the use of external cause codes—you may very well need to code for some more common (and less funny) external causes of injury. In …

  • WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Bunch Image

    articleJul 30, 2015 | 5 min. read

    WebPT Staff Spotlight on Stephanie Bunch

    Stephanie Bunch will bend over backwards to get a claim paid for a WebPT Billing Service Member. And she means that quite literally—after all, she was a star gymnast back in high school. The Phoenix native specialized in vault and ended up nabbing 11th-place honors in that event at the high school regional championships. “It was just easy for me,” she said. “It was what I always scored highest in.” Of course, dedicating herself to a sport …

  • What to Look for in a PT Biller Image

    articleJul 28, 2015 | 4 min. read

    What to Look for in a PT Biller

    In the words of American rock legend Tom Petty, “Good love is hard to find.” While I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Petty’s wisdom, I think some rehab therapy practice owners might say good employees are even harder to find. And that certainly applies in the billing department. After all, your clinic’s billing operation is crucial to its financial well-being. One bad hire could mean the difference between your clinic achieving private practice rockstardom and hitting rock bottom. …

  • ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Find the Correct Diagnosis Code Image

    articleJul 24, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Quick Clips: How to Find the Correct Diagnosis Code

     The ICD-10 code set might seem really big and scary, but I like to think of coding in ICD-10 the same way I think about driving around a big city. As long as you know the street system and the general layout, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to the right address. Check out this video to learn the basic process of navigating to the right diagnosis code in the ICD-10 code set.

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  • Can You Ace Our 8-Minute Rule Quiz? [Quiz] Image

    articleJul 21, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Can You Ace Our 8-Minute Rule Quiz? [Quiz]

    Maybe you thought your days of grinding through word problems ended when you sold that college algebra textbook back to the university bookstore (for less than half of its original price). But if you’re a rehab therapist who treats Medicare patients, you probably have to call upon your math skills—and maybe even the ol’ TI-83 Plus—fairly often, because sometimes Medicare’s 8-minute rule seems more like a complex trigonometric function than a seemingly straightforward billing formula. Think you’ve …

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