ICD 10

"We Need It - and We're Ready"

The American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, testified at a Congressional committee hearing today that the healthcare community is ready for the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015.

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ICD-10 costs for small physician practices are significantly lower than expected, according to a new study released today by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM). The survey of 276 physician practices with fewer than six providers revealed that total ICD-10 transition costs for an entire practice averaged $8,167. Per provider expenditures averaged $3,430 for a practice with a single provider to $1,838 for a practice with six providers.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, the Committee on Energy and Commerce will be holding a hearing on the hotly debated subject of the implementation of ICD-10. Today (February 9, 2015), this committee released a memo which does an excellent job out outlining the history of the issue at hand, the costs and benefits of implementation and the concerns of some of the key stakeholders.

In this MLN Connects™ video on Coding for ICD-10-CM: More of the Basics, Sue Bowman from the American Health

It is time to start improving your clinical documentation to prepare your practice for ICD-10.

Select the codes most often used in your practice. Now, you need to determine if your current documentation is sufficient to support ICD-10. It would be best to assume it is not, since ICD-9 was not as specific as ICD-10. For example, you did not need to include laterality, now you must include which side of the body is affected (i.e. right, left, or bilateral).

Each new year brings a bundle of surprises in terms of changes and updates that practices must learn and implement. In an effort to aid in the preparation of this year, I have listed some common helpful tips that you might follow in order to best manage your workload ahead.

Evaluate fees: Fee schedules are often compared to peers. Practices should use a reliable source to evaluate fees annually to ensure that your fee schedule is consistent with statistical expectations.

InstaCode's upcoming ICD-10-CM speciality coding books have coding tips to help refine the particular codes or groups of codes, such as “Code First” and “Use Additional Code."

NOTE: This information and much more can be found at InstaCode Institute, with over 20 specialty books to help you transition to ICD-10. These books will be available January 2015. You can pre-order your specialty book beginning October 15th.

With low introductory pricing of $99, you can’t afford not to purchase a book for your speciality!

MedScape is offering a free training activity for healthcare providers who will be involved in clinical documentation with ICD-10.  

This activity is to make providers aware of the key elements of good clinical documentation.

CME/CE Released: 09/15/2014; Valid for credit through 09/15/2015


Wednesday, November 5; 1:30-3pm ET

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

January 26-30, 2015

During the week of January 26 through 30, 2015, a sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The goal of end-to-end testing is to demonstrate that: 


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