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The clock is ticking leading up to October 2014, and there are now only 24 months left before the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. This seems like plenty of time, but if organizations haven’t started their preparations yet, they must do so now. Although the main thrust of any ICD-10 conversation revolves…
Podcast Date: 10/9/2012 Have you established and end-to-end testing plan for ICD10? Number of Response(s) Response Ratio A. Yes our plan is complete 13 5% B. We are working on our plan 125 46% C. We haven't started working on it yet 66 24% D.What is end-to-end testing? 44 16%…
As I discussed last month, engaging your physicians in the transition to ICD-10, despite your best efforts and months of planning, may continue to seem a daunting task – a notion fueled by the recent delay, peer skepticism and a lack of focus on a requirement that won’t be implemented…
I have been working on an e-learning program for ICD-10-PCS, which allowed me to review coding conventions and guidelines for Section 1 – Obstetrics. Because most of my focus since attending the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) ICD-10 Trainer Workshops has been on ICD-10-CM and the Medical and Surgical…
Let’s face it: During the ICD-10 “dark period” (the time from when the federal government in February announced that there was the potential for a delay to the recent August announcement of a final rule on the implementation date), provider organizations didn’t do a whole lot to advance their ICD-10…
In what might the first healthcare parody of the Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega hit, “Call Me Maybe,” Maria Bounos last week sang her version adding to the list on Internet parodies on the song that seems to have Americans humming these days. Bounos sang her version during the Wednesday edition…
As we all know, football season has started again, and it is time to get back in the game. But football is not the only thing we should be thinking about right now. It is time to jump-start your ICD-10 game plan as well. I am certain everyone in the…
A seventh character has been added to some chapters of ICD-10-CM. The meanings of the seventh character vary across chapters and categories, though. The language of each applicable ICD-10-CM category will identify the necessity to use a seventh character. The applicable seventh character is required for all codes within certain…