May 15, 2015

Health Insurers Consortium Offering ICD-10 Preparation Webinars to Providers

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A national consortium of health insurers is offering a series of free, hour-long ICD-10 educational webinars to healthcare providers seeking to prepare for the upcoming transition to the new coding set.

The Payers Collaboration – a group that includes Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UnitedHealthCare, Priority Health, and the Health Alliance Plan (HAP) – has tailored the various webinars to suit the needs of specific specialties.

 

The objectives of this new initiative include:

  • To identify what ICD-10 is and why it is important for all industry stakeholders to implement it correctly.
  • To review the ICD-10 coding structure with tips for documentation and coding by specialty.
  • To reinforce the need for accurate documentation by providing side-by-side comparisons of documentation in ICD-9 and ICD-10.

“The framework helps specialties understand how they can map their current ICD-9 codes to the corresponding codes in ICD-10 so they can focus their preparedness activities on their particular book of business,” said Dennis Winkler, technical program director of program management and ICD-10 for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

As a unified voice, the goal of the Payers Collaboration is to provide useful information to practitioners as they plan and implement ICD-10 in their organizations while striving to demonstrate payer readiness and willingness to be engaged in a successful transition for all providers.

“The Payers Collaboration demonstrates the health insurance industry’s support for the implementation of ICD-10, which has numerous benefits, including greater precision in the identification of diagnoses and procedures,” said Sid Hebert, director of the ICD-10 implementation team at Humana. “We are happy to do our part to aid CMS in the effort to help educate all health care providers on proper coding using ICD-10.”

Webinars are being held every other Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. EST. To date, the Payers Collaboration has conducted five webinars, all of which are available for listening via recorded sessions.

The next webinar is scheduled for May 28 and is being presented by HAP. It is targeted for those in the field of therapy, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and physical medicine.

Webinar attendees can submit questions to the webinar host. All webinars have and will be recorded for use for those not able to attend live.

For a complete schedule of the webinars, registration information, and links to the recorded sessions, go online to: Payers Collaboration schedule

Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for ICDmonitor.com who has been writing on numerous topics facing the nation’s healthcare system (and federal oversight of it) for five years. 

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