Dermatology Update: Dr. Nickolai Tallinn, MD on the Impact of ICD-10

Dermatology Update: Dr. Nickolai Tallinn, MD on the Impact of ICD-10

Dr. Nickolai Talanin came to the U.S. in 1992 after graduating with honors from Tashkent State Medical Institute in Uzbekistan. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of Tennessee then held a fellowship position doing clinical research at the National Cancer Institute’s Dermatology Branch. He’s been published more than 40 times in leading professional journals on issues covering skincare and skin diseases. He currently works as a dermatologist in Centreville, Va. We recently asked for Dr. Talanin’s thoughts on...

Dr. Ernest Bloom, MD Dematologist on ICD-10

Dr. Ernest Bloom, MD Dematologist on ICD-10

Dr. Ernest Bloom is a Board Certified Dermatologist at California Skin Institute Alameda. After attending the University of California Davis Medical School, he completed his internship at University of California, Irvine/Long Beach and went on to the University of Montreal for his dermatology residency. He treats both adult and pediatric patients, concentrating on providing the best therapy for medical and cosmetic skin issues. We recently asked Dr. Bloom about how the transition to ICD-10 went at his practice. Here’s what...

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, MD Cardiologist on the Benefits of ICD-10

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, MD Cardiologist on the Benefits of ICD-10

Dr. Cynthia Thaik is the Medical Director for the Holistic Healing Heart Center in Burbank, Calif. The Harvard-trained cardiologist is also a Health & Wellness Speaker and the author of Your Vibrant Heart. We recently asked Dr. Thaik about her experiences during the implementation of ICD-10 and got her thoughts on the benefits of the updated codes. Here’s what she had to say: It’s been seven months since ICD-10. Has it been effective? Yes, it’s been a very effective upgrade...

Dr. Mark Pleatman, MD on the Implementation of ICD-10

Dr. Mark Pleatman, MD on the Implementation of ICD-10

Dr. Mark Pleatman is a general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery. A graduate of Haverford College, Dr. Pleatman received his M.D. degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and completed his residency in General Surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Endoscopy at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of...

Anesthesiology Update: Dr. Todd Jaffe, MD On the Impact of ICD-10 on Pain Management Practices

Anesthesiology Update: Dr. Todd Jaffe, MD On the Impact of ICD-10 on Pain Management Practices

Todd Jaffe M.D., is the president and owner of Brevard Pain Management in Melbourne, Fla. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. His internship, residency and fellowship in Anesthesiology and subspecialties were done at Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Jaffe is board certified in Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine and subspecialty certified in pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology. We recently asked him his thoughts...

ICD-10 Round Up: Private Practice Radiologist Share How Prepared Their Staffs Were for ICD-10

ICD-10 Round Up: Private Practice Radiologist Share How Prepared Their Staffs Were for ICD-10

Last October, the entire U.S. medical community made a much debated shift to the 10th Edition of International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). The road to ICD-10 was marked with multiple delays primarily due to concerns that physician owned practices were not prepared for the transition. In addition to updating EHR software, physicians’ offices needed to invest significant amounts of time and resources training their staffs on the new diagnosis standard. So how big of a challenge was this? One of...

Allergy/Immunology Update: Interview With Dr. Joshua Davidson, MD On the Recent Impact of ICD-10

Joshua Davidson, MD, MPH is a Lead Clinician and Allergy/Immunology Specialist with HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Redondo Beach, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine in 2003 and completed his Allergy/Immunology fellowship training at National Jewish Health in Denver, the No. 1 respiratory hospital in the country. We recently Asked Dr. Davidson for his feedback on the implementation of ICD-10. Here’s what he had to say:   It’s been several months...

The Smart Practice – The Jury Is Still Out on ICD-10

The Smart Practice – The Jury Is Still Out on ICD-10

Six Months (and Many Years) Later – Have The Promises Been Delivered? The road to ICD-10 implementation was longer than expected due to postponements (among other things). But now that ICD-10 has been on the books for a few months, it’s time to check on the code-set’s progress. From the beginning, the biggest ICD-10 adoption concerns for most practitioners were the potentially heavy investments of time and money in staff education and software upgrades, as well as the potential for...

New ICD-10 Software Guide: Interview with Gaby Loria of Software Advice

As we countdown to October 1, for many, readiness for ICD-10 will come down to the wire. Here’s the latest: Good news came July 6th when CMS announced a coding leniency contingency, stating that ICD-10 claims with errors will not be rejected if they bear codes from the proper family. The downside to this contingency is that it applies only to CMS, meaning that commercial payers will do what they will come Oct 1st. (see petition to President Obama) Surprising...

Practices Not Ready for ICD-10 May be Ripe for Takeover

Practices Not Ready for ICD-10 May be Ripe for Takeover

Takeovers may be in the air for medical practices not fully prepared for the ICD-10 compliance deadline, but those takeovers may not be all that brutal or nasty. Consultant Paul Keckley, who serves as managing director of Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, predicts the takeovers will consist mainly of co-ventures and business partnerships, rather than outright acquisitions. Joint ventures and mergers have already been par for the course this year between hospitals and physician practices looking to...

Procrastinators Beware: ICD 10 Is Coming

If you’re a procrastinator who runs a medical practice, look out! ICD-10 is on its way, and if you and your medical staff are not prepared, this could cost you big time. ICD-9 has been the standard, but as with everything, change comes, especially in regard to business, and yes, your medical practice is a business. While your goal is obviously to treat patients and provide them with expert care, your practice simply will not be able to operate without...