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 a quick overview of ICD-10, explains why the switch is necessary, and highlights some of the differences between ICD-10 and its predecessor, ICD-9. And there’s plenty more where this came from: stay tuned to the WebPT Blog for more ICD-10 Talk videos and tons of other great ICD-10 resources. Have an ICD-10 question? Leave it in the comment section below, and we’ll get you an answer.  

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  • 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 …

  • One ICD-10 FAQ to Rule Them All Image

    downloadNov 25, 2015

    One ICD-10 FAQ to Rule Them All

    The transition to ICD-10 was an unexpected journey for many healthcare providers—and making the switch was no easy quest. That’s why we traveled far over the Misty Mountains cold—and to dungeons deep and caverns old—to gather the answers to your most frequently asked ICD-10 questions.   Now, it’s time to head to the Shire, eat second breakfast, and make your coding concerns disappear. To go there (and back again), download the One ICD-10 FAQ to Rule Them …

  • The PT's Guide to Billing Image

    downloadJun 7, 2016

    The PT's Guide to Billing

    When it comes to physical therapy billing, you have to know your stuff—because even the simplest mistakes can cause denials. Of course, knowing billing backwards and forwards doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why we created a comprehensive billing resource specifically for PTs. Take the guesswork out of billing. Enter your email address below, and we’ll send your free guide.

  • 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, …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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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