Let’s Practice Coding: 8/19 Answers

Good day everyone, Let's go over the correct answers for the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for the following scenario: Your patient was trimming his hedges and dropped the electric trimmer on his foot, almost severing his foot at the ankle.  The surgeon completed the amputation as a mid-calf amputation and home health was ordered for... Continue Reading →

CY 2015 Proposed Rule, how it could affect your agency, and why you NEED to make a comment to CMS…

Point changes, case-mix weight (CMW) changes, and OASIS submission implementation requirements could have a huge monetary impact on your agency.   There is potential to lose millions of dollars in revenue if the proposed rule is implemented as it has been issued. Case-mix weights are continuing on the rebasing train. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Continue Reading →

Let’s Practice Coding…

Good evening, everyone. Here is the next scenario for you -- for this one I'd like you to submit your responses in ICD-9 and ICD-10.  With ICD-10 being postponed another year, you have more time to practice.  Don't let all the hard work from this past year go to waste, keep up your ICD-10 skills... Continue Reading →

CMS has Officially Set a New ICD-10 Implementation Date

As of July 31, 2014, CMS announced the implementation date for ICD10 will be October 1, 2015. Your guidance from the Final Rule is to continue using ICD-9 through September 30, 2015. The reason for the rule was the passing of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which included one statement that ICD-10... Continue Reading →

ICD-10 is delayed! What about OASIS-C1?

I have spent much of few weeks thinking about the ICD-10-CM delay and the impact it will have on the industry. There are still so many unanswered questions. The wording in the delay legislation state that ICD-10-CM may not be implemented “prior to October 1, 2015”. This does not mean that the implementation will definitely... Continue Reading →

Senate Passes ICD-10 Delay Bill

The Senate voted yesterday to approve a bill that will delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by at least one year. The bill now moves to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill, H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, mainly creates a temporary “fix” to the Medicare sustainable... Continue Reading →

Are you ready for ICD-10?

October 1, 2014, the go live date for ICD-10, is only 320 days away.  Is your company prepared for this change? At Quality In Real Time (QIRT), we are well into our preparation for this monumental implementation. As Director of Education, I became an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) approved ICD-10 CM trainer.  In... Continue Reading →

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