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…
Efforts to fix what has been identified as the first significant issue to emerge under ICD-10 — medical necessity — appear to be underway with Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) NGS reporting that it will update its local coverage determination (LCD). The LCD issue surfaced earlier this week, when Laurie Johnson,…
In these final few weeks prior to ICD-10 implementation, your coding countdown checklist should include several key and critical points to consider. The appropriate steps along this countdown path are important to follow and observe. Make sure you have coding/physician queries on that list.
As I recently traveled around the country interacting with representatives from various clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs, I began to notice various patterns. What differentiates successful programs from those that struggle in mediocrity or falter and sometimes disintegrate? One factor in particular: an active and expert physician advisor.  An uninvolved…
I would like to propose that there are two sides to the revenue coin when considering the impact of ICD-10. The first revenue impact, and the one felt more immediately, will be the impact on cash flow (and, correspondingly, revenue). Now, why will there be an impact on revenue? Well,…
It looks like ICD-10 will indeed keep on trucking, with the American Medical Association (AMA) now on board and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently having made an announcement regarding a transition period. Not only was this important to reassure folks that there would be no turning back…
A joint announcement issued on July 6, 2015, by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tackled a number of ICD-10 issues in an effort in ease the burden for physician practices transitioning to ICD-10. While this effort addressed several important issues, at…
It looks small – a coding change – but its impact will be far-reaching. Because ICD-10 readiness involves communication between parties, everyone has to change together. To make this change easier for everyone, the industry needs to ensure that the right tools are in the hands of the people who…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a transcript from Talk Ten Tuesday’s broadcast on May 12 by Betty Bibbins, MD. Physician to physician, we must acknowledge that healthcare is changing. ICD-10 is coming on Oct. 1, 2015, and this will add new depths to the language we use to communicate. As…
When it comes to healthcare I wear many hats that have broadened my perspective on the transformation we are currently experiencing in this industry.   On most days I lead a physician training software company, on others I care for patients as a physician, and in yet others I mentor…
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