• ICD-10 and Your Claims: 7 Essential Must-Knows Image

    articleSep 14, 2015 | 7 min. read

    ICD-10 and Your Claims: 7 Essential Must-Knows

    As we’ve suggested in previous posts , one of the best ways to ensure your practice covers all of its ICD-10 prep work bases is to audit your processes and workflows. By doing so, you’ll identify all the ways you and your staff currently use and interact with ICD-9 codes. If you’ve done that, you’ve no doubt pinpointed one of the largest—and most obvious—ICD-9 touchpoints: your claims. Then, you probably asked yourself (or the almighty Google), “How …

  • What the Aftercare? How to Use Z Codes in ICD-10 Image

    articleSep 10, 2015 | 5 min. read

    What the Aftercare? How to Use Z Codes in ICD-10

    The word “rehabilitation” implies restoration. In the rehab therapy space, that usually means restoring health—in other words, getting a patient back to his or her previous, healthy level of musculoskeletal function. So, in many cases, therapists see patients “after” they’ve experienced some type of disruptive event—like an injury, an illness, or a surgical procedure. Even so, therapists should only use ICD-10 aftercare codes to express patient diagnoses in a very select set of circumstances. Here are the …

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

    articleSep 4, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Why ICD-10?

    In the first video of our ICD-10 Talk video series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga provided a general overview of ICD-10 and how it differs from ICD-9. In this week’s video, Heidi details some of the limitations of ICD-9 and explains why the transition to ICD-10 is necessary. She also offers clarification on a common point of confusion: does the switch go by date of claim submission or date of service? Watch now to find out, and stay tuned …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ Image

    articleSep 1, 2015 | 21 min. read

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ

    Yesterday, we hosted the largest webinar in WebPT history . Thousands of rehab therapy professionals attended the live session, which focused on ICD-10 coding examples . As expected, we received a lot of questions. Below is a collection of the webinar’s most frequently asked questions. The Seventh Character Craze What is the seventh character? The seventh character didn’t exist in ICD-9 , so it’s caused a great deal of confusion. Essentially, it’s a mechanism for applying greater …

  • 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 …

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