Category archive: ICD-10

New Code Set Benefits Should be Significant With providers scrambling to make final preparations for the looming ICD-10 code transition, most haven’t had a lot of time to focus on the long – term benefits the coding change will produce. But ICD-10 proponents believe the changeover’s improvements will be dramatic and ultimately lead to enhancements…

With less than nine months to go until implementation, uncertainty once again surrounds the ICD-10 program as opponents push for yet another delay in deploying the new code set. Congress last spring postponed the Oct. 1, 2014, activation date by one year. The original deadline to comply with the system to replace the current ICD-9…

Medisoft v19 is Generally Available! We are happy to announce that as of Friday, November 15, Medisoft v19 became generally available. This exciting release is ICD-10 ready, and its many features include those designed to help reduce both manual entry and minimize the complexity of ICD-9 to ICD-10 mapping. Support for ICD-10 updated Diagnosis Codes…

A critical issue associated with the transition to ICD-10 involves the matter of crosswalking between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets. The term “crosswalking” is generally defined as the act of mapping or translating a code in one code set to a code or codes in another code set. There has been much discussion about…

As we move towards the ICD-10 transition, CMS reminds practices that clearinghouses can be a valuable resource for testing ICD-10 preparedness. For instance, clearinghouses can help providers look at the reasons for rejection and analyze their claim problems during the transition. However, providers should not expect clearinghouses to offer the same level of assistance for…

One of the best ways your practice can start preparing for the upcoming ICD-10 deadline is by conducting efforts to improve clinical documentation now. Failing to prepare for ICD-10 documentation requirements can drastically impact your revenue—missing information may prevent claims from even being submitted. Taking steps now to improve your clinical documentation will be foundational…

Implementing a more precise system of documentation for patient care has clear clinical and financial benefits. The use of ICD-10 codes will result in more accurate data on patient conditions and treatments, giving providers better insight into treatment outcomes. ICD-10 codes will also allow for more accurate billing, helping ensure appropriate reimbursement for services provided….

Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the U.S. government is mandating the shift from the existing ICD-9 code system to ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures) — a coding standard already in use in many other developed countries around the world. The change will expand the number of codes by almost eightfold, from about 20,000 to more than…

One key to a successful ICD-10 transition is making sure that everyone impacted, both inside and outside of your practice, understands what needs to be done and when. But with so many different stakeholders, how can you make sure people have the right information without overwhelming them? A good way to manage this is to…

The transition to ICD-10 involves extensive changes to your practice’s systems and processes, so make sure you allow enough time to plan for everything that must happen prior to October 1, 2014. Consider scheduling regular meetings with your staff so everyone understands what will be required for both the clinical and business sides of the practice. If…

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