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Medicare’s ICD-10-CM Grace Period ENDS in only 5 weeks…

By |September 8th, 2016|

After Oct. 1st, your currently paid claims can suddenly turn into denials

After the ICD-10-CM transitional grace period, Medicare will no longer pay claims with diagnosis codes that are CLOSE to accurate. And to make it worse, payers haven’t been telling you what’s wrong with the claims you’ve submitted incorrectly, so fixing the problem can seem […]

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Transition to ICD-10 easier than expected(ICD-10 slowdown of 14%)

By |June 20th, 2016|

The extreme predictions about the negative effects of moving to ICD-10 just didn’t happen. Now, over eight months later, one of the country’s leading organizations which has been tracking the ICD-10 transition says that there have been minimal effects at best.

Read the full story here: https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/the-transition-to-icd-10-was-easier-than-expected

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Effects of ICD-10 on Coding Production – Example from MGMA Community

By |January 12th, 2016|

Now that ICD-10 has been rolled out, medical coding companies are feeling its effects. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its affiliates are having to recreate their processes in order to account for the vast increase in the number and variety of codes. What was once a simple system with a mere 13,000 codes is […]

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Keyboarding Injury? ICD-10’s Got That Covered

By |November 19th, 2015|

The much delayed launch of ICD-10 code implementation finally occurred on Oct        1st, 2015. The new International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10 inflates coding options by the thousands and requires more specificity than ever before.

Among the standards, the new injury codes expanded to include some pretty crazy ways people have been injured […]

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ICD-10 Aftershocks: The Challenges Every CFO Can Expect

By |October 28th, 2015|

If any individual in the C-suite will feel the effects of ICD-10 most prominently, it will be the hospital CFO. As reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, October 2015, in a article by Kelly Whittle, MS, Principal, ICD-1 0 Advisory and Whittle Advisors, LLC, the top 4 issues faced by hospital CFO will include.

Significant productivity loss […]

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Now there’s 70,000 Ways to Classify Ailments

By |September 29th, 2015|

Doctors, insurers and hospitals are preparing themselves for possible business disruptions on Oct. 1. This is when ICD-10 hits, a massive new set of codes meant to describe any illness or injury.

Under ICD-10, cardiologists will have over 800 codes for describing angioplasty. Dermatologists will have 8 different types of acne. Gastroenterologists who aren’t sure what’s causing […]

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Holdup at the doctor’s office? New billing codes could be why.

By |September 24th, 2015|

Starting October 1st, physicians and hospitals will have to be far more specific than ever before when diagnosing problems from visits.

Because of this change to the system, called ICD-10, patients should expect longer than usual times to be billed for their portion. This may even add waits to the doctor’s office when visiting.

To both physicians […]

CMS will reimburse ICD-10 mistakes for one year after transition deadline

By |July 7th, 2015|

For one year past the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, the CMS will reimburse for wrongly coded claims as long as that erroneous code is in the same broad family as the right one. There had been concerns among providers that they wouldn’t be paid if they made minor mistakes trying to implement the new complex […]

Is Physician Fear of ICD-10 Turning Them Off Preparation?

By |January 18th, 2015|

This article by EHR Intelligence https://ehrintelligence.com points out theat there are a lot of reasons for healthcare professionals to dislike the notion of ICD-10. Further, recent surveys point out that although physicians may be jittery about the unknowns of ICD-10, they aren’t necessarily being proactive about addressing them. ICD-10 will require effort, but the industry has been […]

Don’t Let ICD-10 Orthopaedic Injury Coding Trip You Up

By |May 18th, 2014|

Heidi Stout, CPC, COSC, CCS-P

Heidi Stout has over 30 years experience in orthopaedic coding. She is
the director of the orthopaedic surgery division for The Coding Network, LLC, and has her own
consulting business, Coder-On-Call, Inc. Stout has been consulting editor to several medical
coding publications and is a member of the AAPC Orthopaedic Steering Committee. She is […]