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...

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...

What’s Really Going On With ICD-10?

Overall, the news from a recent AHIMA survey on ICD-10 preparation isn’t bad. However, it’s clear that some physicians simply will not be ready next fall, despite having had an additional year to prepare for the changeover. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) surveyed 454 healthcare organizations in May and June of this year. Seventy-three percent of respondents were healthcare delivery organizations, with acute care hospitals making up 30% of those surveyed and clinics/physician practices making up 25%. In...

Must-Ask ICD-10 Questions for Your Medical Billing Vendors

Although the deadline for ICD-10 has been pushed to 2015, and everyone who was ill-prepared can now take a deep breath, the time to train, test, and monitor the progress of knowledge and coding efficiency is now. Physician were by far the largest group to report lagging behind in preparedness. Likewise the small samples of dual coding from billing departments revealed similar weaknesses. In a previous post on how other nations fared making the transition, it was shown that it...

Laying the Foundation for ICD-10

There’s a lot riding on the ICD-10 transition, including your 2014 financial picture and potential staff upheaval. The bottom line is this: the better prepared you are, the less likely you’ll see a revenue dip from the changeover. That preparation starts with making sure everyone in your office understands the import of the new codes and your plans for a smooth transition. If you haven’t already done so, hold a practice-wide meeting to explain: The benefits of ICD-10 over ICD-9...

10 Changes Coming With ICD-10

The ICD-10 changeover is a year away, and pundits are ramping up their rhetoric. True, there’s a lot of work to be done, but looking at the facts is always helpful. Here are 10 things that will be true starting October 1, 2014: Claims will be denied if they include an ICD-9 code.Because it already granted an extension, CMS has said there will be no grace period during the changeover. Any bills submitted after October 1, 2014 with ICD-9 codes...

ICD-10: Time to Start Dual Coding

With the ICD-10 changeover just about a year away, some practices are preparing to start dual coding their encounters. In other words, they’ll code each encounter in ICD-9 and ICD-10. (This contrasts with the similarly named double coding, in which forms are coded in ICD-9 at the time of the encounter and later translated into ICD-10). Obviously, there are labor and IT costs involved with dual coding. Your software must be set up to support ICD-10 codes, and coding times...