The ICD-10 Webinars Are Now Available Online

Did you miss AntWorks’ Electronic Health Record and Practice Management ICD-10 Readiness Webinars? Fear not! Both webinars have been uploaded online to our client portal.     The ICD-10 deadline is just two days away. In case you missed the first round of free live webinars held for our Benchmark Clinical customers, we now have recordings of the Electronic Health Record webinar and the Practice Management slide deck available to you online. Both the recording of the Electronic Health Record session and the slide deck files are available via our Client Portal on our web site. For the Practice Management webinar, only the slide deck files have been uploaded. AntWorks highly recommends that all of our clients watch our free Electronic Medical Record ICD-10 Readiness Webinar, or view the Practice Management webinar slide deck to ensure that your practice is ready for the ICD-10 transition. These webinars cover all aspects of our Practice Management and Electronic Health Record software usage related to the upcoming ICD-10 deadline. How Do I Access These Resources? To access the Electronic Health Record resources, visit the ‘Client Login’ link near the top right hand side of this screen.  Once logged in, under the ‘Customer Area’, click on the ‘EMR Resource Center’.  Links to the recorded webinar and slide deck are under the ‘ICD-10’ heading. To access the Practice Management slide deck, visit the ‘Client Login’ link near the top right hand side of this screen.  Once logged in, under the ‘Customer Area’, click on the ‘PM Resource Center’ to access the webinar slide deck file. Having Issues? If you experience any issues gaining access to this video or slide deck, please call us...

On ICD-10 Release Date, CMS Says Four States Are Exempt

On October 1, 2015, the ICD-10 implementation date, four state Medicaid programs won’t be transitioning to ICD-10 like the other 46. Instead, they have received CMS approval to take incoming claims coded in the new ICD-10 system, convert them into ICD-9 codes, and use the older system to calculate payments to healthcare providers.     All HIPAA-covered entities, including hospitals, office-based physicians, claims clearinghouses and health plans must comply with the federal mandate for full ICD-10 conversion on Oct. 1. But the CMS has signed off on a “crosswalk” approach to translate ICD-10 codes into ICD-9 codes and keep using the older codes as a workaround for Medicaid fee-for-service programs in California, Louisiana, Maryland and Montana. These four states “are the only [ones] that have programmed the backwards crosswalk into their claims processing systems for their fee-for-service providers,” Jibril Boykin, press officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said in an email. Every other state and provider, however, is still federally mandated to convert to the code set on October 1, 2015. “We have worked closely with each state to understand how they will mitigate any issues that may arise and minimize impact on the accuracy and timeliness of provider payments,” said Boykin. It is “not a long-term approach,” and the “crosswalk” approach “varies on a state-by-state basis.” Explaining the Crosswalk Approach   As for the crosswalk approach, the four states “are going to take in [an ICD-10] code, they are going to crosswalk it to [an ICD-9] code, [and] adjudicate the claim,” said Robert Tennant, director of health information technology policy at the Medical Group Management Association in Englewood, Colorado. “So, that means they basically haven’t converted...

CMS is now Offering “Cheat Sheets” for the Upcoming ICD-10 Implementation

To help physicians and other providers get quickly up to speed, CMS has released a series of clinical coding “cheat sheets,” or quick reference guides that match common clinical concepts with their proper ICD-10 codes. These “cheat sheets”, deemed Clinical Concept Series by CMS, are available for six specialties including family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, OB/GYN, orthopedics and pediatrics.     Each guide in the Clinical Concepts Series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online resource package in to a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed. The PDF guides include common ICD-10 codes, clinical documentation tips, clinical scenarios, and links to Road to 10. You can links to the Clinical Concept Guides for each of the six specialties toward the end of this post.   What Does it Include? We will use the Family Practice Clinical Concepts Guide for this example. The free 31-page resource includes a list of ICD-10 codes and corresponding ICD-9 codes that family physicians use most often including: abdominal pain, acute respiratory infections, back and neck pain, chest pain, headache, hypertension and urinary tract infections. The guide also provides family physicians clinical documentation tips on common health topics such as asthma, underdosing (new to ICD-10), abdominal pain and tenderness, and injuries.   CMS Clinical Concept Series: Family Practice Internal Medicine Cardiology OB/GYN Orthopedics Pediatrics   Because quality clinical documentation is essential for communicating the intent of an encounter, confirming medical necessity, and providing detail to support ICD-10 code selection, CMS has also provided outpatient focused scenarios to illustrate specific ICD-10 documentation and coding nuances related to your specialty. We’ve included some...

AntWorks is Holding a Webinar on ICD-10 Readiness for EMR and PM Clients

A recent study has shown that only 10% of Physicians believe their practice is ready to successfully implement the transition to ICD-10. Don’t let your practice become a part of the other unprepared 90%! Sign up for AntWorks’ free ICD-10 Readiness Webinars today.     With the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 deadline fast approaching, AntWorks highly recommends that all of our clients attend our free Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record ICD-10 Readiness Webinars to ensure that their practice is ready for the transition.   These two recommended sessions will cover all aspects of our Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record software usage related to the upcoming ICD-10 requirements. The PM session will include information on ICD-10 Codes in your office, ICD-10 Code File Maintenance in Benchmark PM, and ICD-10 Code usage in Benchmark PM. The EMR session will include information on ICD-10 Code Setup in Benchmark Clinical, ICD-10 Code identification when documenting, and ICD-10 Code and encounter forms.   The PM Sessions will be held on: Wednesday 8/26/2015 12 Noon Thursday 8/27/2015 3:00 PM Friday 8/28/2015 1:00 PM Monday 8/31/2015 5:00 PM Tuesday 9/1/2015 12 Noon Wednesday 9/2/2015 4:00 PM Friday 9/4/2015 12 Noon The EMR Sessions will be held on: Tuesday 9/1/2015 1:00 PM Wednesday 9/2/2015 5:00 PM Thursday 9/3/2015 12 Noon Tuesday 9/8/2015 1:00 PM Wednesday 9/9/2015 4:00 PM Thursday 9/10/2015 12 Noon   If you are a current customer of ours, please mark your calendar and contact us to register for these webinars at your nearest convenience.  You can also click on the ‘Client Login’ link at the top of the page to gain additional details about the dates and times of these webinars. If you are not...

CMS says it won’t deny ICD-10 claims for a year, gets American Medical Association backing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are taking steps to ensure that the transition to the new ICD-10 diagnosis codes is easier for physicians.     On Monday, the groups jointly announced that CMS “is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD-10 code set.” In addition, the agency will appoint an ICD-10 ombudsman “to triage and answer questions about the submission of claims.” This Ombudsman will be located in a new ICD-10 Communications and Coordination Center that CMS is setting up. The ICD-10 Grace Period Currently CMS offers “The Road to 10” resource for medical professionals at smaller practices, but realized that this resource, coupled with their training videos, just weren’t enough to fully support the medical community affected by the ICD-10 Coding changes. On Monday, CMS and AMA announced that “for 12 months after ICD-10 implementation, Medicare review contractors will not deny physician or other practitioner claims billed under the Part B physician fee schedule…based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code as long as the physician/practitioner used a valid code from the right family.” This grace period also applies to codes submitted in connection with the Meaningful Use program, Value Based Modifier (VBM), and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).   So what does this mean for physicians in basic terms? The new ICD-10 changes address: Claim Denials For the first year that ICD-10 is in place, Medicare will not deny payment for these unintentional errors as practices become accustomed to ICD-10 coding. In...

ICD-10 Code of the Week Series Begins Wednesday July 8

Starting this Wednesday, AntWorks is releasing our ICD-10 Code of the Week series. From now until October 1, 2015, we will be sharing our favorite, most outrageously hilarious ICD-10 codes with our readers.     With CMS introducing more than 68,000 new codes this October, ICD-10 has proven itself to be prepared for the most dire of situations. These codes have reached new levels of specificity that lead us to wonder what’s been going on behind closed doors at medical offices- seriously, though. While this is all in good fun, AntWorks is also very aware that these codes were added for a reason, and hope that anyone seeking medical help for these events will immediately get the medical attention they need.   Make sure to keep an eye out tomorrow for our first ICD-1o Code of the Week, and remember that AntWorks is ready for ICD-10 today. Is your medical practice?  ...