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How to Move Beyond ICD-9

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How-to-Move-Beyond-ICD-9Whether you like it or not, your medical organization is going to have to make the switch from the International Classification of Diseases version 9 to ICD-10. Some healthcare providers may have grown complacent because they have seen the U.S. government declaring that the deadline for the switch would be a few years ago, only to see an extension until 2014.

The latest deadline is October 1, 2015, and we should work under the assumption that this will be the last extension from the government.

As a prudent leader in your healthcare group, you’re not likely going to want to delay any further in getting your team ready for the impending transition. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you move beyond ICD-9.

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Topics: icd-10

 

3 Ways ICD-10 is Reshaping Healthcare

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3 Ways ICD-10 is Reshaping HealthcareAs you already must be aware, a big change is coming to the healthcare industry, now that the U.S. government is requiring us to switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

Version 10 of the International Classification of Diseases has already been adopted by many countries around the world, but our government has granted a few extensions so that providers can spend more time preparing for the switch.

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Topics: icd-10 compliance, icd-10, icd-10 readiness

 

What You Don't Know About ICD-10 May Hurt You

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What-You-Dont-Know-About-ICD-10-May-Hurt-YouBusy owners and managers of medical practices may not always be able to budget much time to keep up with the latest healthcare industry news and regulatory updates. You have likely been briefed, however, on the U.S. government’s mandate that providers must switch from version 9 of the International Classification of Diseases code to ICD-10.

Developed and maintained by the World Health Organization, the ICD codes provide international standards for describing ailments and diagnoses, enabling the industry and government entities to communicate more easily.

Since the transition to ICD-10 has been delayed until October 1, 2015 in the U.S., now is a good time to consider that what you don’t know about ICD-10 may hurt you.

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Why ICD-10 Testing is Beneficial for Your Practice

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Why ICD-10 Testing is Beneficial for Your PracticeObviously, no one is born a computer expert or can be considered proficient at using software without becoming familiar with all the settings, features, navigation elements, menu options, and so on.

Your staff had to become familiar with EHR software and how to use the International Classification of Disease code version 9 in order to let your practice operate in accordance with industry standards and government regulations.

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Topics: icd-10 compliance, icd-10, icd-10 readiness, ICD-10 Testing

 

5 Things Great Medical Practices Have in Common

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5-Things-Great-Medical-Practices-Have-in-CommonNo matter how many great educational institutions we have turning out top-notch medical professionals, and no matter how many great managers are available to run medical organizations in the most efficient and cost-beneficial manner, the level of quality will vary from practice to practice.

Be honest. How would you rate your own practice? For that matter, can you remember the last time you did a complete evaluation of how you run the organization? Is it possible that some things are starting to slip through the cracks, or that you have lost some talented employees and haven’t found replacement workers who can fill their shoes? By emulating the actions of great medical practices, you can move forward with better confidence.

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3 Ways Revenue Cycle Management Will Make You a Better Practice

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3-Ways-Revenue-Cycle-Management-Will-Make-You-a-Better-PracticeResponsible owners and managers of medical practices typically have a policy of reviewing their systems and processes on a periodic basis to make sure they are getting the best possible return on their investment.

Many such leaders come to determine that they will be better off if they implement Revenue Cycle Management software.

The goal is to boost revenue and improve operations on the financial side of the practice. Here are three ways Revenue Cycle Management systems will make you a better practice.

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Are Clinicians Ready for ICD-10 Documentation Requirements?

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The following is an excerpt from an article by Cliff Bleustein, MD, MBA, of Dell Services. This article originally appeared on www.ehrintelligence.com.

ICD-10 Documentation Requirements
Over the past two years, hospitals have invested in modifying applications and workflows to fit the demands of ICD-10. And many have ramped up training on the detailed documentation that the new coding system requires.

But a February survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the change, and a lack of familiarity with the new documentation demands was part of the issue. Documentation remains an Achilles heel for many hospital ICD-10 conversion plans.
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Topics: medical practice management software, icd-10, icd-10 readiness

 

Physician Readiness Should Be a Major Focus of ICD-10 Prep

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The following is an excerpt from an article by Andy Arends of Dell Services. This article originally appeared on Healthcare IT News.
 

Physician-Readiness-Should-Be-a-Major-Focus-of-ICD-10-PrepA February 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the ICD-10 conversion, and this lack of provider readiness was a major reason congress pushed back the 2014 deadline. Lacking the expertise in-house and lacking the time and money to seek outside help, many physicians have procrastinated on preparations.

To prevent further delays and to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10, health plans need to actively engage physicians in their testing process. Even if there are no further delays to ICD-10 implementation – and, indeed, a new compliance deadline of Oct. 1, 2015, has been set - a lack of provider readiness will cause major headaches for health plans.

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How to Improve Your Next Patient Visit in 5 Simple Steps

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how-to-improve-your-next-patient-vist-in-5-simple-stepsAs medical professionals, it’s our responsibility to always strive to do better in how we deliver care to our patients. The more satisfied your patients are, after all, the more likely it will be that they’ll stay with you instead of going with another doctor or another practice.

Read on to learn how you can improve your next patient visit in five simple steps.

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4 Difficult Things Every Medical Professional Can Relate To

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4-Difficult-Things-Every-Medical-Professional-Can-Relate-ToEach profession has its own unique set of characteristics that distinguish it from other industries, and the medical profession is no exception.

One of the benefits of being a member of a professional community like medicine is that you can share common problems and help one another deal with the bad that comes with the good we do each day.

Here are four difficult things every medical professional can certainly relate to.

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