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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…

The transition to ICD-10 is not just an update – it is a complete renovation. Every health care professional covered by HIPAA must transition to the expanded ICD-10 code sets starting October 1, 2014. This includes healthcare providers and payers who do not deal with Medicare claims. Organizations that are not covered by HIPAA, but…

With all the information swirling around about ICD-10, it’s important to make sure you have the right information. For example, some believe that ICD-10 codes were developed without clinical input. The reality is that a number of medical specialty societies contributed to the development of the coding systems. The more you know about ICD-10, the…

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