2013-12-18 06:09:19 - On October 14, 2014, physician practices need to be prepared for the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This change will affect not only the practices, but how they will gain reimbursement for their services. To prepare for this changeover, physicians will need to understand the changes that come with the ICD-10 system NAD how these will need more detail to documentation. The number of diagnosis codes will grow exponentially in ICD-10, which will give the ability to become far more specific in coding. However, this will require physicians to become more detailed in their analysis and documentation, making more specific diagnoses and giving billing departments more ammunition in which to bill for specific diagnoses.
Some people look at this new flexibility as an issue, as they have learned
ICD-9 codes and don't want to expand to the newer version, for fear that the expanding number of codes can confuse the matter and lead to problems between doctors and billing departments. While growing pains can occur, training in ICD-10 from an accredited trainer, a company that knows the new format inside and out, is the best antidote to these potential frustrations.
Many of these new codes are actually just extensions of existing codes, and many merely specify sides of the body, however, there are many new codes that correspond to diagnoses that, while rare in primary care, will be a welcome sight to specialists. By learning the
specifics of the new ICD-10 coding system together, doctors and staff can work together to ensure that their billing services will be both efficient and financially lucrative when ICD-10 arrives next October.
This may require changes in the operation of the practice. Whether they are changes to EHR record keeping, changes in documentation, or changes to reporting practices for physicians, preparation is the key. This is where a company like Medical Billing Solutions, Inc. comes into the picture. Their years of experience (since 1998) give them an advantage, since their highly trained staff has been learning the ins and outs of these codes and trained to not only utilize them, but to train others to do so.Medical Billing Solutions, Inc has training classes in ICD-10 and CPC Certified Professional Coder certification.
MBS' classes offer focused training in medical terminology, ICD-9 & ICD-10 coding, and CPT coding - all in one class. This interactive, dynamic class gives students the tools they need to be successful in the healthcare industry. The classes, while oriented toward current healthcare professionals, will give even novices to the industry the proficiencies needed to gain certification with the American Academy of Professional Coders. This knowledge is in high demand from medical billing and coding employers, and can lead to a career in this fast-growing healthcare industry.
Medical terminology is approached with chart review in mind. We teach signs and symptoms of diseases, word parts, abbreviations, as well as the basics of body systems so that the accomplished student can understand and discuss medical charts.Diagnosis coding is taught with an emphasis on correct and accurate ICD-9 coding according to ICD-9 guidelines.
Students will be taught to ascertain the correct diagnoses to assign from coding scenarios, confirm the coding assignments of documented diagnoses, and review medical charts for compliance with diagnosis coding according to coding guidelines.
Procedure coding from the physician standpoint is taught with an emphasis on completeness and accuracy. Students will be taught the guidelines necessary to correctly code procedures from the CPT codebook. Supply codes from HCPCS will also be taught briefly.
Our 3-day CPC boot camp course or 2-day ICD-10 boot camp course is taught at the corporate headquarters of Medical Billing Solutions, Inc.. This helps encourage independent learning outside the classroom while maintaining flexibility for the schedules of busy adults. If you are curious about medical billing and coding, ICD-10 and CPT Training, and want to join a rapidly growing industry, then contact Medical Billing Solutions, Inc. today at (888) 810 - 0098 or visit medicalbilling4u.com
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