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 this video, I provide a basic overview on how to find and use ICD-10’s external cause codes.

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    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 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. [webform:1362:inline yellow]

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: How Many ICD-10 Codes Do I Really Need to Know? Image

    articleOct 30, 2015 | 1 min. read

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: How Many ICD-10 Codes Do I Really Need to Know?

    In this edition of our ICD-10 Talk series, Dr. Heidi Jannenga explains why rehab therapy practitioners don’t need to know every single code in the ICD-10 code set and how they can adapt their ICD-9 strategies to ensure success with ICD-10. Still experiencing ICD-10 transitional hiccups? Stay tuned to the WebPT Blog for all the latest updates on the new code set. If you have any questions, leave ’em in the comment section of this—or any other—post, …

  • 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 …

  • A Farewell Ode to ICD-9 Image

    articleSep 30, 2015 | 2 min. read

    A Farewell Ode to ICD-9

    As the hours count down It’s hard to believe That we’ve finally made it To ICD-10 Eve Our journey to get here Hasn’t been without strife As the US has clung To ICD-9 for dear life Letting go can be hard And change can be tough But in the modern medical world ICD-9 just isn’t enough Unlike a fine wine That gets better with time ICD-9 has aged poorly— It’s way past its prime Sure, we’ll always …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • In a Multiple-Code State of Mind: Why One ICD-10 Code Might Not be Enough Image

    articleSep 17, 2015 | 6 min. read

    In a Multiple-Code State of Mind: Why One ICD-10 Code Might Not be Enough

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The same logic applies to ICD-10 coding—albeit in a less extreme manner. While you probably won’t need a thousand ICD-10 codes to paint a complete picture of a patient’s diagnosis, there’s a good chance you’ll need more than one—and for many rehab therapists, that represents a huge departure from the coding status quo. With that in mind, here are a few tips for using a …

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