Although ICD-10 implementation has gone amazingly well, there are specialty-specific challenges arising for some practices and groups. For example, orthopedics has an incredibly large list of extremely specific codes. That can be very frustrating for physicians who must treat patients when it is not their primary or only specialty, and they may…
After two months of working full-time with ICD-10-CM/PCS, what do we know about the success of providers’ transition efforts? In general, it’s too early to tell. It will likely be 90 to 120 days from implementation before we have solid revenue cycle data to determine the financial impact of ICD-10.…
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. 
Over the course of the past three years, practice management vendors have been tasked with understanding all the nuances of ICD-10, updating their applications to meet these requirements and ensuring their clients were as prepared as possible for a successful transition.  Smaller physician practices faced unique challenges as their employees…
Lewy body dementia is the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, and it is captured with ICD-10-CM code G31.83, Dementia with Lewy Bodies. G31.83 is listed in section G31, titled "Other degenerative diseases of nervous system, not elsewhere classified,” and is included in category G31.8, titled "Other…
ICD10monitor, as its name implies, will continue to monitor and report on the progress that all healthcare stakeholders are experiencing in their respective implementations of ICD-10.  Stakeholders include acute-care and post-acute care facilities, hospice and home health, physician practices, payers, durable medical equipment providers, clearinghouses, and vendors. 
I have told you about some of my pet peeves before, and below is another. How many of you reading this article hate Convention A.11 when it comes to PCS guidelines? Come on and admit it: you are silently chuckling about it now! What is A.11?
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…
Some sectors of the healthcare industry are experiencing more success than others in adjusting to the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10, but home health agencies and hospice facilities are enjoying a relatively seamless transition thus far, an industry sector leader reported this week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the final installment of a two-part series dealing with early signs of challenges facing physicians in their adoption of ICD-10. Many physicians are confused as to when to report the seventh-character extension. Physicians are confusing CPT® guidelines with ICD-10 guidelines. CPT and ICD-10 are two…
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