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The End of Relaxed ICD-10 Rules: What it Means for Private Practices

Physician practices have had nearly a year to acclimate themselves to the ICD-10 coding that took effect in October 2015. Thanks to a grace period known as ICD-10 “relaxed rules,” which were established jointly by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), the use of ICD-10 codes that […]

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Episodes of Care: The Future of Healthcare Payment?

The financing of healthcare is rapidly changing in this country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a wide array of value-based alternative payment models including bundled payments and shared savings through Accountable Care Organizations and Pay for Performance programs. The passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) includes […]

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One Vaccine Code Fits All?

Someone recently asked me an interesting question I had not thought about previously – hence the impetus to write this article. The question was “why code immunization to Z23 in ICD-10-CM?”

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Six Training Tips for a Successful ICD-10 Implementation

In just a few short weeks, the landmark ICD-10 transition that has been anticipated and delayed countless times will arrive on Oct. 1, 2015.

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Four States Get ICD-10 Deadline Extension

Four state Medicaid programs have been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay transitioning to ICD-10 codes by the Oct. 1 deadline.

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ICD-10: Coding Brain Cancer

In the news this week was a sad occurrence: Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died after a tough battle with brain cancer. He was just 46 years old.

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5 Project Management Keys To ICD-10 Planning

Making processes better for staff and patients will affect how they implement EHR and computer assisted coding (CAC) initiatives.

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ICD-10 Testing: Why Test – and Why Test Right Now?

ICD-10 will impact nearly all of the processes in your practice or organization, and using that fact as the starting point for your ICD-10 testing will make the process smoother and more worthwhile for everyone involved.

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Consortium Working to Help Small Businesses Transition to ICD-10

With less than a year to go before the scheduled implementation of ICD-10, healthcare industry chatter about the new code set is reaching a fever pitch.

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ICD-10 Testing Consultants Dish Out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As we continue to move toward the new ICD-10 coding and reimbursement system, new challenges are facing healthcare providers beyond high-profile federal mandates.

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Managing Denials After ICD-10

Healthcare providers will need a denials manager who can track denials and communicate with healthcare payers.

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100 Tips for ICD-10-PCS Coding: Tips 1-10

ICD-10-PCS is a major departure from ICD-9-CM procedure coding, and as such many Coding Specialists find ICD-10-PCS much more challenging to learn than ICD-10-CM (which still shares many similarities with ICD-9-CM). In order to ease the transition from ICD-9-CM procedure coding to ICD-10-PCS, over the next ten months, we will provide tips for coding under this system.

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How To Tell If ICD-10 Implementation Will Be Delayed Again

While Tuesday’s election was important for many reasons, none of them have a direct impact on the ICD-10 debate.

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CMS to Feature ICD-10 Codes on its CMS-2728 End Stage Renal Disease Patient Registration Form

On July 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had finalized Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to ICD-10.

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