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Don’t panic! Just prepare now for the transition to ICD-10-CM
e-Reports, June 24, 2013
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Direct from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
On Oct. 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.

The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services. For more information, see here.

Are you wondering what areas of your practice will be affected by ICD-10-CM? The answer is: every area - clinical staff, finance, lab, administration, front office, information technology and patients.

But don’t panic about the coming deadline. Let the ISMA partner with you and your practice to prepare for ICD-10-CM. The ISMA has experts ready to educate you and your staff and provide the resources you’ll need.

The ISMA is breaking down implementation to three steps and making educational sessions easily accessible, wherever you live in the state. In fact, the education is so accessible even YOU and all practice physicians can easily participate.

Here are the details
Our series begins with a FREE, 24-minute webinar designed as an introduction to ICD-10-CM. Conducted by coding expert BJ Hohenstein, R.N., CCS-P, CPC, this online experience will provide an overall understanding of how implementation will impact you and your practice, and how ICD-10-CM will affect the health care industry.

Then you’ll be ready for Steps 1, 2 and 3.

  1. Preparing for the Transition to ICD-10-CM

    Step 1 isn’t just for staff because physicians need to lead and support the preparation. Both doctors and staff are encouraged to attend.
    • June 26, Wednesday, Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury
    • June 27, Thursday, Don Hall’s Guesthouse, Fort Wayne
    • July 24, Wednesday, Hilton Garden Inn, Merrillville
    • Aug.14, Wednesday, Holiday Inn at the Airport, Evansville
    • Sept. 25, Wednesday, Hilton Garden Inn, Edinburgh
  2. Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology
    Knowledge of anatomy and physiology will help increase the accuracy and speed of coding; it will also help coders meet the specificity required in ICD-10-CM.
    • Aug. 15, Thursday, Holiday Inn at the Airport, Evansville
    • Oct. 31, Thursday, Hilton Garden Inn, Edinburgh
  3. Specialty Tracks for ICD-10-CM - Available in November and December 2013
    • The most frequently used diagnoses codes in each specialty will be reviewed in detail to ensure optimal ICD-10-CM compliance, while coding exercises will help advance understanding.

In addition to code-set training, learn to increase specificity in documentation and maximize communication with physicians and other providers. Each web-based session will focus on specific code sets utilized by a particular specialty.

All sessions combined provide approximately 120 minutes of training, but the good news is: You set the pace and no long sessions are required.

To learn more and register, please visit the ISMA education. Questions?

Call Jill Bruce at the ISMA or email her.

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