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Expert Breaks Down Your ICD-10 Transition Plan into 5 Phases

Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 by .

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Don’t forget to include productivity loss in your budget.

You need to make a plan for an ICD-10 transition – but do you know how to create one? Before you start panicking, check out this expert advice.

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Fill in 2 Blanks to Report This Carotid Bypass Procedure Code

Posted on 12. Nov, 2012 by .

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Without key information, you will have too many potential codes.

Drastic changes are coming for inpatient coders, and the way providers currently document procedures will become incomplete in 2014. Check out this carotid bypass scenario and find out what you need to know for accurate ICD-10-PCS claims.

Scenario: The physician’s operative notes indicate right common carotid to internal carotid bypass. This was to treat a critical right internal carotid artery stenosis. Currently, you can code this procedure with 39.29 (Other [peripheral] vascular shunt or bypass).

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Bleed Location Directs Your Hemorrhage Coding In ICD-10

Posted on 23. Oct, 2012 by .

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Prepare now for 50+ new codes associated with 998.11.

When your anesthesiologist participates in a surgical case because the patient had bleeding (hemorrhage) problems, you typically include 998.11 (Hemorrhage complicating a procedure) as one of your diagnosis codes. That will change once ICD-10 goes into effect, so start thinking now about ways to review the anesthesiologist’s documentation — and possibly the surgeon’s — for important details about the hemorrhage location and timing.

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Add ‘Excess Calories’ to Obesity Documentation

Posted on 11. Oct, 2012 by .

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Don’t confuse ‘other’ with ‘unspecified.’

Although coding morbid obesity won’t tell the whole “medical necessity” story for lap-band procedures, you’ll need to know how to report the condition once ICD-10 is implemented.

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Switch to K66.0 for Peritoneal Adhesion Diagnoses in 2014

Posted on 26. Sep, 2012 by .

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You’ll only need to note small exclusion note changes.

While ICD-10 will bring a lot of changes, one thing you won’t have to worry about is making your urologist change his documentation for peritoneal adhesions. Under the new codeset, the new code for the condition has a one-to-one correspondence with the old ICD-9 code.

Don’t forget: CMS has announced a proposed implementation date change from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014 for the new diagnosis code set.

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CMS Confirms Oct. 1, 2014 As New ICD-10 Implementation Date

Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 by .

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It’s been nearly eight months since HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Feb. 16 that the government would be delaying the deadline for ICD-10 diagnosis coding, but failed to designate a new implementation date. But now you can mark your calendar in pen, since CMS confirmed on Aug. 24 that ICD-10 will take effect on Oct. 1, 2014.

 That’s one year later than the October 2013 date by which ob-gyn practices previously had been preparing to implement their new diagnosis coding systems.   (more…)

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News You Can Use: Don’t Hold Your Breath For ICD-11 as an ICD-10 Alternative

Posted on 22. Aug, 2012 by .

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Here’s why CMS will ignore the AMA’s endorsement.

Last month, you checked out the ICD-11 possibility in \”AMA ‘Evaluating ICD-11′ As ICD-9 Alternative\” in the Volume 2, Number 7 ICD-10 Coding Alert – but others are scoffing at that idea.

Despite endorsement of a direct move to ICD-11 from the American Medical Association and others, don’t be surprised to see CMS ignore that advice. \”It took the U.S. eight years to adapt the WHO version of ICD-10 and create ICD-10-CM for use in this country,\” the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) counters in a recent article. (more…)

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Ruling on ‘ObamaCare’ Got You Wondering About ICD-10? We Have Answers

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by .

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Best bet: Keep up your implementation plans.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, you may be wondering how this affects your ICD-10 implementation. We’ve got the lowdown.

Recall the History of ICD-10

The requirement to move toward the electronic format of 5010 and the ICD10 code set was actually part of the HIPAA 1996 under the Clinton administration. (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), says Suzan Berman, CPC, CEMC, CEDC, Senior Director of Physician Services at Healthcare Revenue Assurance Associates based out of Plantation, Florida.

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ICD-10: Take a Straight BMI Path from ICD-9 to ICD-10

Posted on 27. Jul, 2012 by .

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Adult codes still dominate.

With all the press on childhood obesity, ICD-10 still provides greater granularity for measures of adult body mass index (BMI). In fact, the new code set provides a near-perfect one-to-one correspondence with ICD-9 codes.

Don’t forget: CMS has announced a proposed implementation date change from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014 for the new diagnosis code set.

Expect Easy Crosswalk

Some ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversions require additional documentation, or even classifying conditions differently than you’ve been used to. That’s not the case for BMI measures. (more…)

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ICD-10: 413.9 Will Divide Into ‘Other’ and ‘Unspecified’ ICD-10 Options

Posted on 12. Jul, 2012 by .

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Don’t assume – let the inclusion notes guide your angina code choice.

When ICD-10 replaces ICD-9, you’ll need to know whether cardiac angina falls under “other” or “unspecified” angina pectoris. Here are some tips to keep your coding compliant.

The diagnosis: Angina pectoris refers to chest pain or discomfort caused by coronary heart disease.

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