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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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code? Image

    articleOct 23, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Am I Choosing the Right ICD-10 Code?

    We’re a little more than three weeks into the ICD-10 transition, and while the frenzy seems to be dying down, there are still a lot of folks out there who aren’t 100% confident in their coding abilities. Of all the coding-related questions we’ve received, the vast majority have fallen into the “Is [insert ICD-10 code] the right code for [insert injury, disease, or condition]?” category. In this edition of our ICD-10 Talk video series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga …

  • 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 …

  • 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 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What are External Cause Codes, and Do I Have to Use Them? Image

    articleNov 6, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: What are External Cause Codes, and Do I Have to Use Them?

    In the latest installment of our ICD-10 Talk series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga clears up the rumors surrounding external cause codes. Found in chapter 20 of the ICD-10 code set, external cause codes provide contextual details about a patient’s injury or condition. Still confused about whether you need to use these codes—and how to do so appropriately? Check out this video, and be sure to stay tuned to the WebPT Blog for all of the latest ICD-10 news …

  • 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 on a Tight Budget: How to Prep like a Pauper Image

    articleAug 4, 2015 | 4 min. read

    ICD-10 on a Tight Budget: How to Prep like a Pauper

    How in the world is it already August? This year is flying by, and we’ve only got  eight weeks left to prep  for the mandatory ICD-10 switch on October 1. If your preparations are right on schedule—or if you’re already prepared—give yourself a pat on the back (and maybe one of  these ). But if not, then it’s time to put on your  game face  and get to it. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

  • 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 …

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