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It is time to perform an assessment of your facility or practice in order to evaluate your ICD-10 progress and to uncover potential issues that might affect productivity, risk, or cash flow. Also, by conducting an assessment, you can identify opportunities for improvement, additional training needs, documentation assistance, or operational…
In December, the movie “Concussion” was released.  It tells the intriguing story of an investigation into repetitive concussion injuries and the National Football League (NFL).
  From a bird’s-eye view, the transition to ICD-10 has been a huge success with few technical glitches. However, it’s still early. Experts certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade. However, they warn us that everyone must be realistic about the wave of ICD-10 denials that could hit throughout December…
In a previous article, we reviewed several important ICD-10-CM guideline changes. This month, we’ll present the first piece in a two-part series that focuses on ICD-10-PCS: the system that everyone feared would slow productivity and cause the majority of problems related to documentation insufficiencies. 
It has only been a month since ICD-10 has officially been implemented, and there is clearly much at risk for rural health entities that deliver healthcare services for more than 72 million people. I believe that at least half of the more than 1,300 critical access hospitals (CAHs) and 5,000…
We have been living with ICD-10 for nearly 30 days now, and I think things are going fairly well. What I would like to discuss is coder productivity and accuracy in the hospital setting.   I was a bit concerned when I was told that offshore coders are only coding…
After months, and, in some cases, years of training, coders have finally begun to code in ICD-10. However, just because ICD-10 officially went live on Oct. 1, doesn’t mean that coder training should cease. In fact, just the opposite is true.  Remedial training will be critical during the first six…
The operative report is truly a goldmine of information. This is true in ICD-9, and it will be even more important in ICD-10, when coders will need to look for more specific anatomical information, as well as additional details about the procedure itself. They’ll need to read each and every…
With the initial shock of the latest ICD-10 delay behind us, now is the time to leverage it as opportunity to ensure that coders are fully prepared for the transition. Coder training and readiness is a critical element of ICD-10 success. The additional time will give coders the ability to…