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In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross created a model, typically referred to as the “five stages of grief,” which identifies a pattern of emotional stages followed by people faced with impending death or another extreme or awful fate. I became aware of her work in one of my favorite movies (All…
With the healthcare industry’s current focus mainly locked on ICD-10-CM, there is growing concern that too little attention is being given to the more complex construction of ICD-10-PCS, the procedure coding system.
ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwired - Jul 29, 2013) - Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of consulting, software and publications for the hospital industry, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Adventist Health to perform comprehensive ICD-10 Documentation & Coding Audits across 19 facilities for…
“Mind the gap” is a common phrase I encountered on a recent trip to England, specifically referring to the London Underground, perhaps better known as “the Tube” subway system. However, this also applies to a strategy that can be deployed to facilitate training, testing, coding and documentation integrity checks and…
If leaders from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have said it once, they’ve said it a hundred times: The October 1, 2014, implementation date for ICD-10 will not change, and the healthcare industry must be ready or face the consequences. In fact, CMS’s attorneys have advised the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of articles on fast-tracking ICD-10 implementation. It time to get geared up for ICD-10 by building an action plan. We just finished developing a budget for a large hospital system and found that the bulk of the budget will go to…
As the healthcare industry continues to progress toward ICD-10, organizations are delivering education to coding professionals to provide them with the knowledge required to work with the new coding set. There is no question that the documentation specificity required for ICD-10 is significantly greater than the clinical documentation requirements for…
So I have a question: what is it our Congress doesn’t get? How many years has the United States healthcare industry been trying to implement the ICD‐10 coding system for the simple reason that ICD‐9 is outdated? After all, we already are well on our way in the implementation phases…
So I have a question: what is it our Congress doesn’t get? How many years has the United States healthcare industry been trying to implement the ICD‐10 coding system for the simple reason that ICD‐9 is outdated? After all, we already are well on our way in the implementation phases…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcription of a recent segment by Denny Flint on Talk-Ten-Tuesday. From audience after audience, in survey after survey, we keep hearing that 40-50 percent of physician offices haven’t even started ICD-10 implementation efforts yet. Out of the WEDI meetings, we heard that payers may…
ICD-10-PCS represents a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such, many coding specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from one code set to the other, we are providing tips for coding…
Citing a research study conducted by the American Hospital Association (AHA) reporting that nearly 95 percent of surveyed hospitals are on track to implement ICD-10 by the mandatory compliance date of October 2014, the AHA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield told Congress in a joint letter that they oppose…
Citing a research study conducted by the American Hospital Association (AHA) reporting that nearly 95 percent of surveyed hospitals are on track to implement ICD-10 by the mandatory compliance date of October 2014, the AHA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield told Congress in a joint letter that they oppose…
What follows is a continuation of some thoughts I shared in a previous article titled “Dispelling Some Myths About ICD-10.” As a reminder, here are my first three myths: Myth No. 1: The increase in documentation required by ICD-10 will involve a huge amount of content added to the medical…
Once upon a time, not too long ago, and actually in this galaxy, there lived two children, brother and sister, named Issy and Carla Dover (or “ICD” for short). They were both 9, as it happens. Issy and Carla loved walking in the woods with their dogs, Moribund and Algernon.…
Transient cerebral ischemia is defined as a temporary loss of blood flow to an area in the brain. In ICD-9-CM, codes for transient cerebral ischemia are classified under circulatory system diseases and are found in Chapter 7, Diseases of the Circulatory System. Conditions classified as transient cerebral ischemia are listed…
ICD-10 testing has been a major topic of conversation recently, and understandably so. As a matter of timeline, all healthcare providers should be well into their implementation plans by now, but some areas of the industry may be experiencing more difficulties than others. Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs of…
ICD-10 testing has been a major topic of conversation recently, and understandably so. As a matter of timeline, all healthcare providers should be well into their implementation plans by now, but some areas of the industry may be experiencing more difficulties than others. Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs of…
Has someone at your facility or practice performed the data analytics needed for the ICD-10 transition? “Yes” is the answer that providers should be giving at this point in the ICD-10 transition, but the poll conducted on ICD-10 Monitor’s July 5 Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast revealed that 50 percent of…
In the near future, inexperienced practice managers who don’t have much formal coding training may be exposed to ICD-10-CM for the first time. They tend to ask the questions: “Why is this such a big deal? Isn’t this just a new diagnosis code set?” But one might as well ask:…
We in the healthcare industry who are working to meet the requirements and demands of interoperability (especially MU 2), plus the need to ensure we are able to receive actionable data from other sources, understand the need for clinical integration and clinical integrity. We understand that healthcare data needs to…
“The whole issue of end-to-end testing is a relatively large, time-consuming, and expensive investment for all parties,” stated Dennis Winkler, technical program director of program management at Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. “Historically, it usually ends up being used by larger providers, institutions and payers.” John Wollman, executive vice…
The appropriate focus of most hospital ICD-10 implementation teams is to ensure the proper education of staff, particularly coders and clinical documentation specialists. This is done to assess the many and varied information system ramifications, to schedule and coordinate the implementation of necessary components such as clinical documentation improvement (CDI)…
What is the true value of computer-assisted coding (CAC) in the conversion to ICD-10? The consensus answer seems to be the productivity gains associated with the use of this technology. Understandably, disrupted cash flow resulting from discharged patients whose bills have not been finalized is a valid concern as organizations…
When it comes to preparing for, and implementing, ICD-10, the benefits of, and information from, The HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program, which continues through July 31, are “vast,” said Mark Lott, principal with the Lott QA Group, which is involved in the pilot program’s “scope/testing methodologies and processes,” according to…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on ICD-10 testing by John Wollman. Multiple recent ICD-10monitor articles have focused on testing, and in particular scenario-based testing. This concept was described in one prior article titled “Payers Start to Get Testy.” This follow-up article provides a case study…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on ICD-10 testing by John Wollman. Multiple recent ICD-10monitor articles have focused on testing, and in particular scenario-based testing. This concept was described in one prior article titled “Payers Start to Get Testy.” This follow-up article provides a case study…
Beyond ensuring mere awareness of ICD-10, currently all healthcare entities should be on the pathway to transitional preparedness in anticipation of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014. Health information management (HIM) coding professionals certainly should be in the process of skill set enhancement regarding the new diagnoses and…
“OMG” is about the best way to sum up my first thoughts as I started reflecting on the breaking news from the HIMSS ICD-10 Leadership Forum in Fort Washington, Md. this week. Definitely the biggest takeaway was the announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it…
Much of the healthcare industry only discovered through announcements made during the HIMSS ICD-10 Leadership Forum this week that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not plan to engage in end-to-end testing – but Mark Lott, CEO of the Lott QA Group and testing director of the…
A migraine is a common neurological disorder that often manifests as a serious headache. Usually unilateral and pulsating in nature, the headache results from abnormal brain activity along nerve pathways and brain chemical (neurotransmitter) changes. These affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissue and may trigger an "aura"…
The looming transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in October 2014 goes hand in hand with the goal of healthcare reform, which is intended to improve quality and decrease the cost of care. With more than 171,000 codes (compared to just 17,849 in ICD-9), ICD-10 will provide a much more accurate…
ICD-10-PCS represents a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such, many coding specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from one code set to the other, we are providing tips for coding…
When it comes to ICD-10 implementation, the message coming out of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is clear: Steady as she goes—in spite of recent congressional efforts to knock the industry off course. In case you haven’t heard, during the last two months or so, two members of…
WASHINGTON ---The second day of the ongoing HIMSS ICD-10 Forum began with Farad Mostashari, MD, ScM, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) national coordinator of health information technology, staking his claim and making a stand. No more delays. No more postponements. The compliance date for ICD-10 is…
Questions, questions, and more questions about the state of the healthcare industry continue to surface during recent months. It seems that everyone wants to know how the industry is doing in its preparations for ICD-10 implementation. ICD10monitor conducts its very own “Talk Ten Tuesday” poll of its audience every week…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of articles on fast-tracking ICD-10 implementation. Over the years there have been many studies seeking to identify the cost to move to ICD-10. However, putting together a “real” ICD-10 budget can be a challenge. We have been working with our hospitals…
The widespread lament about physicians’ lack of enthusiasm and failure to embrace and actively participate in the preparation for ICD-10 is well-documented. In addition, it is well-known that a significant percentage of current physician documentation cannot be coded to the most specific ICD-9 codes. That lack of specificity will be…
A Q&A with Donald M. Berwick, MD, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and keynote speaker at the upcoming 2013 HFMA National Institute, recently caught my attention. As hospitals look for new approaches to ensuring quality patient care and the financial integrity of their institutions, they’re…
Two groups of professionals took the field at roughly the same time last month in Baltimore: the Orioles faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays while the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) “Crusaders” tackled a few ICD-10/CDI curveballs. As in baseball, statistics were analyzed, key players were reviewed, and…
Apparently it’s not too early for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin addressing coding rules for the new ICD-10 system because it did just that in its May 16, 2013, Medicare FFS Provider e-News. It addressed the following in the ICD-10-CM diagnosis system: external-cause codes; reporting…
Trust, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something, and one in which confidence is placed.” It is among the most basic of all human connections, and it’s a necessary element for organizational effectiveness. With regard to ICD-10, some…
Providers are scrambling to meet the ICD-10 compliance date of Oct. 1, 2014 as the healthcare industry moves forward at a faster pace in its preparations. Many providers across the continuum of care are struggling to meet all the many regulatory challenges simultaneously. The major payers are in the process…
With fewer than 17 months to go before the ICD-10 go-live date, we have lots to accomplish and much to get in place. Individual practices, healthcare vendors, providers and health plans all are busy with readiness activities. Many professional associations also are helping with the preparing of the healthcare industry…
Greetings, fellow ICD-10 travelers. This is your old pal Denny here in Week 3 of an eight-week road tour. Last week was marked by a journey to the Tennessee Medical Association’s annual Road Show, and it was a doozy. Every venue was sold out, which tells me that ICD-10 urgency…
In June 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) proposed that we, as a country, ought to consider skipping ICD-10 and make the jump right to ICD-11 instead. After all, the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that ICD-11 will be ready by 2015. It builds upon the structure of ICD-10…
Greetings from the world of ICD-10 testing. I wanted to share some testing insights and best practices for ICD-10 implementation, based on the methodology behind the two largest ICD-10 testing pilots currently underway: that of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI),…
Recently a coworker and I were debating the correct spelling of the word “payer/payor.” He said “payor;” I said “payer” (he probably would say “to-mah-to” to my “to-may-to,” too.) Then, just this week I used “payer” in a design specification and was corrected by several people who said our “standard”…
With nearly 500 days and counting until the ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014, it is apparent after attending the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) ICD-10/CAC Summit that the majority of the healthcare industry is continuing to move at a slow pace. This was echoed in numerous polls…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles on fast-tracking ICD-10 implementation. My team and I just completed ICD-10 impact assessments for several large hospital systems with multiple hospitals recently. We interviewed members of every department in each hospital, asking how ICD-9 currently is used and whether…
The recent American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) ICD-10/CAC Summit provided an outstanding opportunity to share innovative approaches and best-practice strategies for meeting the greatest challenges associated with meeting the requirements of ICD-10 implementation. On Tuesday, April 23, I provided the following 10-step, multi-faceted approach to address the critical success…
A coalition of healthcare associations and vendors is warning congressional leaders that delaying the adoption of ICD-10 further would make it more difficult for the U.S. to track “new and emerging public health threats.” In letters dated May 17 and sent to leaders in both the House of Representatives and…
May 15, 2013

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Competing priorities and strained resources are just two of the many reasons some physicians are reporting delays in their efforts to prepare for the advent of ICD-10, First Class Solutions Chief Operating Officer Rose Dunn told a national audience on the most recent edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesday. The former president of…
Osteomyelitis is an inflammation of the bone that typically is further differentiated as acute, sub-acute, or chronic. In ICD-9-CM, documentation of the general site of the inflammation/infection (such as shoulder region, forearm, or ankle), along with identification of the inflammation/infection as a current acute/sub-acute infection or a chronic condition, is…
Perhaps the most intellectually challenging aspect of ICD-10 implementation is trying to determine how, when, what, and with whom to test. Most ICD-10 teams spend a lot of time identifying test strategies and arduously planning various aspects of testing. Testing is critical because it is quite apparent that ICD-10 could…
Perhaps the most intellectually challenging aspect of ICD-10 implementation is trying to determine how, when, what, and with whom to test. Most ICD-10 teams spend a lot of time identifying test strategies and arduously planning various aspects of testing. Testing is critical because it is quite apparent that ICD-10 could…
“We don’t want to say this, but you may have to identify a contingency plan,” said Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), on ICD-10-Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast last week. He told physician practices exactly the way it is, saying: “Practices experienced rejected claims…
MONTREAL – Whether medical records are paper, electronic, or a hybrid, your coding policy should be reviewed and updated at least annually by way of a “high-integrity” coding compliance policy that’s part of a larger information governance program, according to Bonnie S. Cassidy (MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS), who recently spoke…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an occasional series of articles written by healthcare students attending The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” –Wayne Dyer As the headlines indicate, ICD-10 is struggling to…
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets will be implemented on Oct. 1, 2014 – and on that date medical practices and their billing service companies, clearinghouses, and all covered entities and payers will need to use ICD-10 codes. There are…
Two-thirds of hospitals recently surveyed have a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program already in place.[i] That’s the good news. The bad news is that existing CDI programs are only 70 percent effective, according to survey respondents, with an average effectiveness rating of 3.25 out of a possible 5 points. With…
ICD-10-PCS represents a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such, many coding specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from one code set to the other, we are providing tips for coding…
With the enormous amount of work that needs to be accomplished and the time left before ICD-10 implementation receding, we need to be sure we are focusing on the right things. For the last several months, Catholic Health East (CHE) has performed analysis of the projected reimbursement impact of ICD-10…
As the Oct. 1, 2014 ICD-10 compliance deadline looms, many providers are readying their coders for the magnitude and breadth of the new coding system. Beyond the obvious challenges of training your coders, avoiding reimbursement losses and actually meeting the compliance date, there is the additional challenge of uncertainty. How…
Between providers and payers, it appears that everyone is ready for end-to-end testing of ICD-10 transactions. But where is health information management (HIM)? A quick tour of the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA’s) ICD-10 website reveals little mention of this massive undertaking. And most of the HIM professionals we…
Many things about ICD-10-CM implementation concern Kathleen Frawley, the president and chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), who joined last week’s Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast from the ICD-10/CAC Summit in Baltimore. Not surprisingly, she is concerned, as are many in the industry, with the fact that many…
Have you ever wondered why we don’t use a diagnosis-based reimbursement system for ambulatory care? The reason is ICD-9! For years, the healthcare industry at large has been moving towards diagnosis-based reimbursement, and it makes sense. The concept is simple: figure out what treatment plans work best for specific problems,…
Twenty percent. Fifty percent. Forty percent. With each passing month, a new survey confirms what health information management (HIM) professionals already know. Coder productivity decreases as a result of ICD-10 implementation — before, during and after. All coding hands need to be on deck for assessments, training, dual coding, testing…
Hospitals have long viewed the transition to ICD-10 as a process that will consume a significant amount of resources and time. The ICD-9 code set is expanding from 18,000 to 155,000 codes and the codes will expand, from three to four numbers to seven alpha-numeric characters. As a result, both…
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) allow providers to improve the coordination of care for patients by creating incentives for healthcare providers to work together to treat patients across various settings, including doctor’s offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The incentives benefit those physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work together…
There currently is a broadening trend of physician practices changing forms within the auspices of healthcare systems. This includes outright sales of private practices as well as a variety of new affiliation agreements falling under the protective umbrella of individual health systems. One of the most common aspects of these…
Most of the industry, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), assumes that ICD-10-PCS will be used just for facility reporting of hospital inpatient procedures and will not affect the use of CPT. ICD-9-PCS also does not impact payment, but it does offer other advantages, and facilities should…
There are many different types of injuries that can occur to the bone and soft tissues of the cervical spine. In ICD-10-CM, documentation still must provide information on the general type of injury (fracture, dislocation, sprain, etc.), level (C1, C2, C3, etc.), and whether there is any associated spinal cord…
Because there is not a simple crosswalk from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM coding, coding professionals will need to change their way of thinking when looking up diagnostic terms in the I-10 index, which I discovered when trying to assign codes to the case below. Inpatient Case Study This 69-year-old female patient…
ICD-10-PCS represents a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such, many coding specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from one code set to the other, we are providing tips for coding…
Yes, yes, I know: this is supposed to be an ICD-10 article, and yet the term “sequester” is in the headline. But it will be. Just wait. It’s April, and unless Congress and the Obama administration did something miraculous in the last three working days of March, the dreaded sequester…
Understanding exactly what documentation and coding issues clients struggle with the most is one of the benefits I reap from working in a client support role. If I were asked to rank such issues, I would definitely say that bacteremia, SIRS and sepsis are high on the list. Quite honestly,…
As our provider clients get deeper into their ICD-10 remediation efforts, they are starting to realize what our payer clients came to grips with about six months ago: custom mappings (mappings that are not the standard General Equivalency Mappings/GEMs or reimbursement mappings) are an unavoidable necessity. This is not necessarily…
Podcast Date: 4/9/2013 What is your biggest challenge in training your coding professionals? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Cannot find what we need 8 3% B. Too much to choose from 20 7% C. Too expensive 34 12% D. Time to actually train 175 63% E. Can't get organized…
Podcast Date: 4/2/2013 Are you planning on doing dual coding and when do you plan to start? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Yes, we are already doing it 28 10% B. Yes, we plan to start in 2013 22 8% C. Yes, we plan to start in 2014 166…
It’s March Madness time, and many men’s college basketball teams have worked very hard to get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and beyond. Unfortunately, as with all things there will be winners and losers – and for all but one lucky squad, there will be great March…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on fast-tracking ICD-10 implementation. It is always good to be in the trenches, helping with ICD-10 implementation. Many are basing their analyses on data and theory, but my team and I look at things differently. You can put together…
True or false: October 2014 will be here before we know it. But with the efforts, costs and time going into preparing for ICD-10, once you have made it through the main implementation tasks and your claims are being processed successfully by all payors, you can take a breath, sit…
“People are aware of the October 1, 2014, implementation date, and now they want to know the how-to part,” says Denesecia Green, Senior Health Insurance Specialist for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Enterprise Management—a special guest on ICD10 Monitor’s March 26 broadcast of Talk Ten…
Podcast Date: 3/26/2013 What is your opinion? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Delay I10 again to give MDs more time 16 5% B. Skip I10 and go direct to I11? 23 6% C. Let's reach out and assist MDs 267 74% D. MDs should know what to do by…
In my previous article I went into detail about which ICD-10 codes most likely could replace some common ICD-9 cervical diagnoses currently used by chiropractic physicians. This is the last article in a series investigating those possibilities. Here, the focus will shift to another area commonly treated by chiropractors: the…
I have had the opportunity to poll my peers at a number of high-profile events and site visits at large integrated delivery systems, renowned academic teaching institutions, health plans, community hospitals, and critical access providers regarding the primary concerns regarding the transition to ICD-10 that are keeping them awake at…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcription of a recent segment by Denny Flint on Talk-Ten-Tuesday. Do you like history? I love history. History teaches us valuable lessons. With thanks to Steve Arter, I want to talk about two historical events and how they relate to ICD-10. At the Battle…
When October 1, 2014, rolls around, the ICD-10-PCS (procedural coding system) will replace the ICD-9-PCS currently used for inpatient procedures. Code assignments under this system will be very different for all inpatient coding professionals, starting with the idea that they will need to “build” a seven-character code—either for medical-surgical procedures…
In a March 19 Talk Ten Tuesday poll, 466 participants responded to the following question: “How are physicians at your facility reacting to the ICD-10 transition and their role in CDI?” The responses, shown in Table 1, are unsettling. We know that the American Medical Association (AMA)-induced implementation delay from…
The transition to ICD-10 continues to be in the forefront of changes in healthcare, but most of the focus remains on education and documentation. The prospects of expected financial impact and clinical outcome enhancement among commercial and government payors continue to be unclear, and this prompts health information management (HIM)…
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) through the second AHIMA Grace Award will acknowledge a healthcare delivery organization that has outstanding and innovative approaches to health information management. Named for founder Grace Whiting Myers, the AHIMA Grace Award: In Recognition of Excellence in Health Information Management honors healthcare delivery…
This is the sixth article in a series addressing the definitions and differences between the Medical & Surgical root operations of ICD-10-PCS. As in previous articles, let’s review what we have covered so far. In the Medical and Surgical section (first character 0), there are 31 root operations with standardized…
ICD-10-PCS represents a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such, many coding specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from one code set to the other, we are providing tips for coding…
We deal with decisions all the time. As such, everyone has some means of weighting the pros and cons of any given choice. Many years ago, I read something that I have used ever since as a tool of my own in making significant decisions. You are supposed to ask…
Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a leader in the HIM consulting space and publisher of widely-read ICD10monitor, announces a comprehensive suite of ICD-10 consulting services. "To prepare for ICD-10, hospitals need to identify their specific areas of improvement for coding and documentation in order to better understand where to focus resources…
My employer, the ChiroCode Institute, has published the ChiroCode Deskbook for the last 21 years. It is the "bible" of billing and coding for chiropractic physicians.
Podcast Date: 3/19/2013 How are physicians at your facility reacting to the ICD-10 transition and their role in CDI? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Great enthusiasm and participation 3 1% B. Some enthusiasm and participation 52 26% C. Little to no enthusiasm and participation 92 45% D. Livid with…