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Impact of Procedure Code Analysis on Claims Handling Procedures

Investigation into the top 10 procedure codes, based on total allowed amount, experienced by the auto casualty insurance marketplace provides valuable insight for claims organizations, investigators and legislators. With thousands of possible medical services available to medical providers, the injury types seen in motor vehicle accident claims lend themselves to a select number of treatments. […]

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Medical Coders Get Tips For Transition To New System

Communication was the theme at the Code It Right conference last week as medical coders prepare for a massive transition to a new medical coding system known as ICD-10. “I can’t emphasize enough how critical communication is amongst your team,” said Kimberly Vegter, speaking to 33 conference participants about what they can do to make […]

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Lawmakers Propose ICD-10 Two-Year ‘Grace Period’

U.S. lawmakers are making their third attempt in just over a month to tweak ICD-10 with new legislation. This time around, rather than attempting to kill or delay ICD-10 altogether, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would provide a two-year grace period for docs submitting claims. Proposed by Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., along […]

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10 Questions To Ask Payers Today About ICD-10

There’s more to communicating with healthcare payers than handing them a medical claim and saying, “Pay me.” Creating better relationships with your payers before Oct. 1, in fact, enables providers to glean important insights about testing results, changes to reimbursement, how to handle denied claims. Early communication will also help healthcare providers test the ICD-10 […]

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CMS Offers ICD-10 Advice for the Home Stretch

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just released a fact sheet on preparing for ICD-10. This latest message offers suggestions for providers whose information systems may not be ready in time for the Oct. 1 transition deadline. The facts sheet also attempts to dispel some myths and issues a warning. Problems with Claims […]

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IS TROUBLE LOOMING FOR ICD-10?

We might be entering into the hot months of summer, but before you know it it’ll be fall, and with it will come the long anticipated transition to ICD-10. However, a recent bill in the House is trying to stop ICD-10 in its tracks. H.R. 2126, formally known as the Cutting Costly Codes Act of […]

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There’s A Code For That: Doctors Brace For 155,000 Choices

Suppose, in a comical sequence of indignities, you are pecked by a goose, bitten by a crocodile, crushed by a human stampede at an opera house, injured in a fall from your motorized scooter and — finally and irrevocably — sucked into a jet engine and spit out the other end. Soon, your hospital will […]

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How To Be An ICD-10 Champion

With about six months to go before the ICD-10 deadline, many medical practices are wondering if they can get it done in time. They may think they need a hero, but a champion would do. A champion would be someone in your medical practice to take charge of the ICD-10 transition. The champion is organized […]

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AHIMA Responds to Concerns Over ICD-10 Contingency Plans

Concerns from a coalition of medical and professional organizations that CMS’ lack of contingency plans for the ICD-10 transition are understandable but unfounded, according to the American Health Information Management Association, HealthLeaders Media reports (Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 3/9). Background on ICD-10 Concerns U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code […]

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The ICD-10 Doctor Exodus: Fact or Fiction?

Anecdotal evidence suggests the coding shift might chase physicians into retirement.

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