• 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 …

  • The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ: Part Deux Image

    articleSep 24, 2015 | 16 min. read

    The Ultimate ICD-10 FAQ: Part Deux

    Just when we thought we’d gotten every ICD-10 question under the sun, we got, well, more questions. Like, a lot more. But, we take that as a good sign, because like a scrappy reporter trying to get to the bottom of a big story, our audience of blog readers and webinar attendees aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions—which means they’re serious about preparing themselves for the changes ahead. And we’re equally serious about providing them with …

  • Back to the Future: ICD-10 Post-Transition Image

    articleSep 23, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Back to the Future: ICD-10 Post-Transition

    Marty McFly started out as a typical teen—carefree with little responsibility—but you know how the story goes: Marty didn’t realize that his actions in the past had the potential to completely erase his existence in the future. Can’t relate to the fictional but oh-so-loveable Marty McFly? With ICD-10 right around the corner, you might have more in common than you think—besides your shared love for Tom Petty or video games. No, I’m talking about something a little …

  • Data—Do It; Do It Now: Key Takeaways from Ascend 2015 Image

    articleSep 22, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Data—Do It; Do It Now: Key Takeaways from Ascend 2015

    Ben Franklin once said that “diligence is the mother of good luck.” That may have worked in the days of our founding fathers, but today, in our vastly more complicated world, diligence doesn’t quite cut it. One thing that can certainly up the good-fortune factor, though? Data. In yesterday’s Ascend 2015 recap post , I explained why data is inherently linked to the future of rehab therapy. Specifically, I detailed how many speakers at this past weekend’s …

  • 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 …

  • Remember the ICD-10 Titans Image

    articleSep 16, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Remember the ICD-10 Titans

    Here at WebPT, we’re more than ready for football season. But when we think football, we also think ICD-10. Why? Because football is a dangerous sport—after all, players don’t wear pads just to make themselves look bigger—and injuries happen all too often. But being on the sidelines or in the stands—or even the parking lot—can’t keep you safe from these ICD-10 codes: Tailgate Troubles For some folks, tailgating is the reason to attend a football game. Grill …

  • ICD-10 Codes for Physical Therapy: Why You Shouldn't Trust Cheat Sheets Image

    articleSep 15, 2015 | 5 min. read

    ICD-10 Codes for Physical Therapy: Why You Shouldn't Trust Cheat Sheets

    Bill Gates once said, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Perhaps that explains the existence of CliffsNotes, infographics, quick guides, flowcharts, cheat sheets, automated crosswalks , and a slew of other “shortcuts.” But just because there’s an easier way to do a hard job doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right way. This is especially true when it comes to ICD-10 in …

  • ICD-10 and Your Claims: 7 Essential Must-Knows Image

    articleSep 14, 2015 | 7 min. read

    ICD-10 and Your Claims: 7 Essential Must-Knows

    As we’ve suggested in previous posts , one of the best ways to ensure your practice covers all of its ICD-10 prep work bases is to audit your processes and workflows. By doing so, you’ll identify all the ways you and your staff currently use and interact with ICD-9 codes. If you’ve done that, you’ve no doubt pinpointed one of the largest—and most obvious—ICD-9 touchpoints: your claims. Then, you probably asked yourself (or the almighty Google), “How …

  • 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 …

  • 'Twas the Night Before ICD-10 Image

    articleSep 9, 2015 | 3 min. read

    'Twas the Night Before ICD-10

    By the end of September, it’ll officially be fall . That means that in most cities across the US, you can enjoy the fuzzy comfort of wearing sweaters (at least in places other than Arizona, because it’s hot until, well, always ). Whatever the weather, it’s not going to stop me from anticipating Christmas (as you could probably guess by my title). But there’s more to the end of September than pumpkin spice lattes and holly-jolly anticipation …

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