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  • Remember the ICD-10 Titans Image

    articleSep 16, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    '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 …

  • Will ICD-10 End the Paper Superbill? Image

    articleSep 8, 2015

    Will ICD-10 End the Paper Superbill?

    In a dark world filled with endless paperwork and thousands of billing codes, rehab therapy clinics need a hero. Many medical professionals would say their office hero is the paper superbill. It’s fast, convenient, and easy to use. But hold on to your spandex tights, because ICD-10 is coming—and it might just be the paper superbill’s kryptonite . Here’s why the ICD-10 paper superbill just doesn’t work: It’s longer. ICD-9 has around 13, 000 codes, so your …

  • ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Why ICD-10? Image

    articleSep 4, 2015

    ICD-10 Talk with Dr. Heidi Jannenga: Why ICD-10?

    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 …

  • Founder Letter: ICD-What? Image

    articleSep 3, 2015

    Founder Letter: ICD-What?

    By now, it’s obvious that the entire US healthcare system is going to face a huge change come October 1: the transition to ICD-10 . This new—well, new to us—way of coding has been on the discussion table for decades , and for the last several years, its implementation has been the topic of much anticipation as well as a fair amount of resistance. So, if you find yourself in the dark—completely unaware that ICD-10 is happening—then …

  • Dual-Coding Wonder Twin Powers: Activate? Image

    articleSep 2, 2015

    Dual-Coding Wonder Twin Powers: Activate?

    Thirty days has September—and so has your clinic to prepare for ICD-10. Just one month from now, you’ll have to start using ICD-10 codes on most claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2015. Did you see I wrote, “most”? That’s not a typo. The reason I can’t say “all” is because not all payers are switching to ICD-10. That means you’ll have to be bi-code-lingual (so don’t purge your brain of all ICD-9 …

  • 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 …

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