• Founder Letter: ICD-What? Image

    articleSep 3, 2015

    Founder Letter: ICD-What?

    By now, it’s obvious that the entire US healthcare system is going to face a huge change come October 1: the transition to ICD-10 . This new—well, new to us—way of coding has been on the discussion table for decades , and for the last several years, its implementation has been the topic of much anticipation as well as a fair amount of resistance. So, if you find yourself in the dark—completely unaware that ICD-10 is happening—then …

  • ICD-10 Crash Course: Last-Minute Training for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    webinarSep 2, 2015

    ICD-10 Crash Course: Last-Minute Training for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    It’s officially here: the last month before all HIPAA-eligible professionals must switch to the ICD-10 code set. As the regret of procrastination washes over many of those professionals, they’re scrambling to ready themselves and their practices for the big switch. If you, like so many other rehab therapists, find yourself asking, “ICD-what?” then you’re in dire need of straightforward training—stat! Otherwise, you could leave your practice vulnerable to claim denials after October 1. Join us at 9:00 …

  • Dual-Coding Wonder Twin Powers: Activate? Image

    articleSep 2, 2015

    Dual-Coding Wonder Twin Powers: Activate?

    Thirty days has September—and so has your clinic to prepare for ICD-10. Just one month from now, you’ll have to start using ICD-10 codes on most claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2015. Did you see I wrote, “most”? That’s not a typo. The reason I can’t say “all” is because not all payers are switching to ICD-10. That means you’ll have to be bi-code-lingual (so don’t purge your brain of all ICD-9 …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ Image

    articleSep 1, 2015

    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 specificity to …

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

    articleAug 31, 2015

    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 …

  • Costly ICD-10 Traps and How to Avoid Them Image

    articleAug 26, 2015

    Costly ICD-10 Traps and How to Avoid Them

    Imagine you’re playing a game . More specifically: an ICD-10 Rube Goldberg-style game . To win, you have to scurry through a series of stages without getting caught in costly traps. But what happens when you find yourself at the mercy of the swiftly-turning plastic crank? Before you know it, the cage has lowered and you’re out of the game —forever separated from your cheddar. Okay, so ICD-10 isn’t a game of zany action on a crazy …

  • Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10? Image

    articleAug 25, 2015

    Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10?

    At this point, the majority of physical therapy clinics are using some type of software to document, schedule, and bill for patient treatment. Thanks to ever-increasing compliance regulations, paper had to go the way of the VHS, becoming nearly obsolete. When your practice switched from paper to software, it was a big change. The process took time and training, and there undoubtedly was a period of adjustment. Now, you’re faced with another switch: ICD-10. And just as …

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

    articleAug 24, 2015

    What’s Your ICD-10 Spirit Animal Code?

    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 Coding Example: Speech-Language Pathology Image

    articleAug 21, 2015

    ICD-10 Coding Example: Speech-Language Pathology

    We’re only six weeks away from October 1, 2015, and you know what that means: ICD-10 is almost here. We’re  super excited  for the transition to ICD-10, but that doesn’t mean the new code set is a snap to learn. In fact, it’s pretty darn tough; we know that. So, to further assist you in your preparation efforts, we’ve put together this helpful SLP-specific example of how to code using ICD-10: Autistic disorder The Patient The patient …

  • ICD-10 Coding Example: Occupational Therapy Image

    articleAug 20, 2015

    ICD-10 Coding Example: Occupational Therapy

    Oh, ICD-10, let me count the ways I love thee. Okay, so maybe you’re not going to wax poetic about the World Health Organization’s updated—and much larger—International Classification of Diseases, but switching to a new code set isn’t the end of the world, either. After all, just because something (ahem, ICD-9) is familiar, it doesn’t mean it’s the best option. In fact, when it comes to code sets,   bigger is better . But that also means …

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