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ICD-10 deadline won’t be delayed, Tavenner tells HIMSS

Providers, payers and claims clearinghouses can look for no relief from the looming, Oct. 1 compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes, the head of the CMS said Thursday. But some case-by-case exemptions will be made for providers having a tough time meeting their Stage 2 meaningful-use […]

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CMS Launches ICD-10 Website For Small Physician Practices

A new resource is available for small practices as they prepare to switch to the ICD-10 coding system. Officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new website – Road to ICD-10 – to provide a central source of basic information as well as a place to start transitioning to the […]

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Do I Have To Know ICD-9 And ICD-10 To Be A Medical Coder?

With the transition to ICD-10 fast approaching, many want to know if they need to know ICD-9 and ICD-10. The short answer is yes. ICD-9 is not going away completely and for you to have a complete understanding of ICD-10 it is best to know ICD-9 too. Where Should I Begin? There are three important […]

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Countdown To ICD-10

From patient accounting systems to sticky notes and “cheat sheets” posted in exam rooms, ICD-9 codes permeate the health care environment, translating the information in medical records to numbers on claim forms and ensuring that providers get paid for the care they give. But all those old codes have to be rooted out and replaced […]

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Pay and Practice: CMS to Test ICD-10

Mark your calendars — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will conduct front-end testing of ICD-10 billing code submission between Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and providers. That means CMS will be testing how well the system works from the provider’s side — that is, how easily and accurately providers can submit […]

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7 ICD-10 Lessons From Cedars-Sinai

In 2011, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles did what many providers were hesitant to do: It decided to tackle ICD-10 as an inevitable change and began its work to transition to the new system. By contrast, only about 20 percent of providers believe they will complete or expect to complete all ICD-10 business changes […]

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The Average Medical Coding Salary For 2013 – AAPC

AAPC has posted the findings of their annual survey of average salaries for medical coders and salaries continue to rise. The 2013 survey is quite revealing as some have the impression that medical coders are not well compensated. This can not be farther from the truth. These are “average” earnings across the USA so pay […]

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ICD-10: Getting Ready When You’d Rather Ignore It

ICD-10 Is Coming This Year Many physician practices have avoided getting ready for ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition) for a variety of reasons: • Some hope that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will postpone implementation yet again and don’t want to waste time and money preparing for something that won’t […]

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Medical Coding Exam System

ICD-10 Is NOT Required For The 2014 Certification Exam For New Coders

If you are a new coder looking to get your certification in 2014 take a deep breath! AAPC is not requiring you to be tested on ICD-10. ICD-9 is what is currently being tested for certification and the exam is still 150 questions and you still have 5 hours and forty minutes to complete it. […]

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Why Are Providers Suddenly So Confident About ICD-10?

For the past two or three years, ICD-10 surveys have all basically been the same.  Filled with panic, confusion, distrust, and dismay, there is rarely anything positive to say about the industry’s blindfolded three-legged race towards October 1, 2014.  However, new data from Navicure presents a different picture.  For the first time, large numbers of […]

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