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 to the WebPT Blog for more great ICD-10 videos throughout the month.

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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 …

  • 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: 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum Image

    articleAug 18, 2018 | 34 min. read

    Common Questions from Our PT Billing Open Forum

    Last week, WebPT’s trio of billing experts—Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, WebPT President and Co-founder; John Wallace, PT, MS, WebPT Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management; and Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education—hosted a live open forum on physical therapy billing . Before the webinar, we challenged registrants to serve up their trickiest PT billing head-scratchers—and boy, did they deliver! We received literally hundreds of questions on …

  • 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 …

  • 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 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 …

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