Category Archives: ICD-10

What We’re Reading – Improve Clinical Documentation for ICD-10

Your administrative staff has probably hounded you for years to improve your documentation.  With the ICD-10 transition around the corner on October 1, 2014, clinician documentation will be more important than ever.  The code sets from have expanded from 14, … Read Full Post

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How is the ICD-10-CM Code Set Different from ICD-9-CM?

ICD-9 codes have between three and five characters, and with the exception of “V” and “E” codes, are exclusively numeric.  The fourth or fifth character is utilized for greater specificity and combinations of diagnoses are coded separately.  One example is … Read Full Post

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ICD-10 Implementation is not just Doom and Gloom

Doomsday predictions certainly abound – Heaven’s Gate, Y2K, the Mayan apocalypse – and they all came and went with a fizzle.  ICD-10 has its own group of “end of the healthcare world as we know it” zealots who predict catastrophe … Read Full Post

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Coleman Consulting Group presents a webinar on the “Basics of ICD-10-CM Coding”.

Don’t be lulled by the extension granted by HHS for transition to ICD-10-CM. This is the biggest change to hit the medical coding world in over 30 years, and the experts predict that coders’ productivity will be severely impacted. This … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – Four things doctors actually like about ICD-10

As you may already know, the largest complaint about the ICD-10 is that it is “complex and highly specific” with almost three times the number of codes than ICD-9.  Although the 10th edition was introduced in 1992 and most developed … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – Feeling Better About ICD-10

With all of the negative talk going around about the ICD-10 conversion, the author of this article puts forth reasons why ICD-10 will prove to be a good thing…eventually. Updates technology and specificity.  ICD-9 was developed in 1979 and is now … Read Full Post

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5010 – Much Ado about Nothing?

It seems like not a day goes by in healthcare without some gloomy prediction about the changes lurking on the horizon. The one causing the most stir at the moment is 5010. To understand “5010,” we first need to take … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – Preparing for the ICD – 10 Transition

With only 37 months left before the healthcare world transitions to the ICD-10-CM, the author of this article suggests taking a systematic approach, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.  The key elements in making this transition … Read Full Post

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How should I prepare for ICD-10?

From time to time, we hear about consultants scaring the daylights out of providers with horror stories about the transition to ICD-10.  We disagree with that approach, although it’s important to have a healthy respect for any system that – … Read Full Post

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What exactly is ICD-10?

ICD-10-CM (based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, Clinical Modification) is a standard set of codes used for conveying a patient’s clinical profile, if you will.  Defined codes are used primarily to facilitate the gathering of data, its … Read Full Post

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