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Code accurately to maximize reimbursement

March 09, 2012 - Posted by Terri Scales

Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom or complaint.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, healthcare, ICD-10, employee health, hospital

ICD-10 postponed again

February 17, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The greatly anticipated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding was postponed again on Feb. 15 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS said the action was taken in response to concerns from the medical community about administrative burdens associated with implementing the new coding system.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, ICD-10, employee health, hospital

ICD-10 implementation rolling toward deadline

December 01, 2011 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The American Medical Association’s recent pledge to “work vigorously to stop implementation of ICD-10” may be a case of standing in front of a moving freight train in an attempt to stop it. Why, one might ask, are physicians vehemently opposing the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 at his late juncture?

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, ICD-10, employee health, hospital

10 action items to prepare for ICD-10

May 05, 2011 - Posted by Michelle McGuire

On October 1, 2013 the United States will switch from using ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 codes. This change expands the ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) code set from 14,000 unique codes to over 69,000 codes.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, ICD-10