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5 early problems encountered with ICD-10

While the ICD-10 implementation has moved forward so far without any major incidents, practices and healthcare organizations have run into some minor issues with medical billing solutions. Five of these challenges in using the new code specifically relate to the grace period, backlog, coder shortages, transition problems and system overloads.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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ICD-10 officially launched

After two years of delays, ICD-10 has officially been implemented in the medical community. As of Oct. 1, healthcare professionals across the U.S. are expected to use the new code set in place of the more familiar ICD-9 code set that was previously used for billing of medical services. Years of trepidation later, it's finally time for physicians and other medical professionals to find out if their practices prepared sufficiently for the implementation.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Could a government shutdown threaten ICD-10?

After all the controversy and complications surrounding the ICD-10 implementation over the last few years, it appeared that the Oct. 1 implementation date would finally be the day that the switch would be made. But with the date almost here, threats of a government shutdown over budget disagreements have people wondering at the eleventh hour: Could ICD-10 get delayed once again? [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS touts successful testing as sign of ICD-10 readiness

The latest revision of the ICD system will increase the number of diagnostic codes by thousands, potentially complicating medical billing services for providers and patients across the country. But while the thought of the Oct. 1 start date may strike fear into the hearts of many providers in the healthcare field, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services believes that it's ready to begin the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Answers to 3 potential ICD-10 problems

As the Oct. 1 release date for ICD-10 approaches, it is still far from being met with open arms. Even with new grace periods being implemented, physicians in particular are still hesitant to get on board with the new system. While the concerns put forward by providers are valid, that does not mean that there is nothing that can be done.  [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Radiologists should expect to stay busy under ICD-10

The October implementation of the ICD-10 system will increase the number of diagnostic codes used in medicine from 14,000 to almost 70,000. While the changes will affect providers and facilities across healthcare, some fields will feel the impact of the new system more than others.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS explains valid-invalid code divide in recent ICD-10 guidance

As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, the health care industry is forced to face something once thought inevitable by wide swaths of professionals: ICD-10. On Oct. 1, 2015, more than 68,000 medical codes will replace the approximate 14,000 of ICD-9 currently in use. By increasing the length of characters allowed in codes from a maximum of five to seven, ICD-10 proponents claim that the increased specificity of reporting will allow payers and providers to eliminate waste both in treatments and compensation. [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS announces year-long ICD-10 grace period

With the October 1 start date for ICD-10 implementation fast approaching, physicians have not been quiet about their concerns over the impending transition. Small practice providers especially have expressed fear that they will not be able to adequately prepare their practices for the new codes before the implementation date. [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Most recent testing puts ICD-10 acceptance rate at 90 percent

When the new International Classification of Diseases diagnostic codes are implemented on October 1, the system will increase the number of codes from about 14,000 under the ICD-9 system to nearly 70,000. Consequently, many physicians are worried that the transition period will create a number of challenges for medical billing services. However, a recent test shows that U.S. healthcare may be better prepared for the implementation than many feared.  [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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ICD-10 deadline doesn’t mean health organizations are ready

Many hospitals and medical practices have not begun testing ICD-10 diagnostic coding ahead of the upcoming deadline despite the fact we're only a few months away from the transition. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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