August 31, 2015, 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT
As the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” But with the transition to ICD-10 kicking off in a little more than a month, there’s not a whole lot of practice time left. Before you know it, you’ll be taking the field for game time—and this is one game where you definitely can’t rely on talent alone. Looking for a way to get you and your staff members in ICD-10-coding shape—fast? Consider this your ICD-10 boot camp.
In this month’s webinar, host Heidi Jannenga and special guest-host Rick Gawenda of Gawenda Seminars will put you through the paces to ensure you’re ready for October 1. In this 60-minute session, you’ll learn how to:
- Incorporate ICD-10 into your patient evaluation process.
- Navigate your way through the ICD-10 code set.
- Code PT, OT, and SLP patient diagnoses to the highest possible level of specificity.
- Use external cause codes to more thoroughly describe a patient’s condition.
Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC President and Co-Founder
Rick Gawenda President/CEO at Gawenda Seminars & Consulting
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