ICD-10 is much more than just an upgraded version of ICD-9. In fact, ICD-10 represents a complete overhaul of the diagnosis coding system as we knew it. In addition to offering five times as many codes as its predecessor, ICD-10 features an entirely different code structure. Here, we provide a couple of illustrated examples to show you how ICD-10 has changed the way you code for patient diagnoses.

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  • Dual-Coding Wonder Twin Powers: Activate? Image

    articleSep 2, 2015 | 3 min. read

    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 …

  • Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World Image

    articleOct 28, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Dawn of the ICD-10: Life in the Post-Transition World

    Some of you might remember all of the hype around Y2K. Rumors and speculation were abuzz, and there were people who thought all hell was going to break loose when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. And then—dun, dun, dun—nothing happened. The Hyperbolic Hype The lead-up to October 1 was similar in many respects, albeit on a much smaller scale. People all over the healthcare community were freaking out about the unknown; some large practices …

  • Mythbusters: The ICD-10 Special Image

    articleAug 3, 2015 | 5 min. read

    Mythbusters: The ICD-10 Special

    Healthcare coding is having a bit of a cast change: ICD-9 is out and ICD-10 is taking over. By now, you’ve heard all about the new code set—but do you really have all the facts? In this special blog post, I’ll be busting some common ICD-10 misconceptions. (Sadly, my myth-busting measures don’t involve swimming in syrup, experimenting with explosives, or blowing up boats—we’ll leave that to the experts .) Let’s get to it! 1. The World Health …

  • 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 …

  • '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 …

  • Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10? Image

    articleAug 25, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Is Your Physical Therapy Software Ready for ICD-10?

    At this point, the majority of physical therapy clinics are using some type of software to document, schedule, and bill for patient treatment. Thanks to ever-increasing compliance regulations, paper had to go the way of the VHS, becoming nearly obsolete. When your practice switched from paper to software, it was a big change. The process took time and training, and there undoubtedly was a period of adjustment. Now, you’re faced with another switch: ICD-10. And just as …

  • Founder Letter: It’s a Brave New ICD-10 World Image

    articleOct 7, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Founder Letter: It’s a Brave New ICD-10 World

    October 1—the day that marked the transition to ICD-10—is behind us; we made it. And so far, so good. According to this Modern Healthcare article : “One of the most maligned and feared events in healthcare history began with a whimper.” Although ICD-Day has come and gone, it’s prudent to remember that a “whimper” of an introduction doesn’t necessarily indicate what’s to come. That’s because many of ICD-10’s repercussions have yet to reveal themselves—especially when it comes …

  • 5 Steps Image

    downloadMar 3, 2015

    5 Steps

    The ICD-10 transition is here. Did your clinic’s ICD-10 switch go off without a hitch? If not, you likely missed something in your preparatory plan. The sooner you start retracing your steps, the better your chances of quickly recovering from the transition. Download our guide to get started today.

  • Your Roadmap to ICD-10 Image

    articleOct 10, 2013 | 5 min. read

    Your Roadmap to ICD-10

    By now you’ve already—hopefully—heard the news about the big ICD-10 transition that’s going down on October 1, 2015. But, if you’re like most US healthcare providers—about 75%, according to this article —you haven’t exactly stuck to the suggested preparatory timelines that CMS released a while back. We get it; you’re busy, and the last thing you have time for is sitting down and mapping out a plan of action for your clinic’s transition to ICD-10. But putting …

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