ICD-10 Monitor: Talk Ten Tuesday

ICD-10 Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday interviews this week focused on the HIMSS annual conference and exhibition in New Orleans. AAPC Vice President of ICD-10 Training and Education Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC, was the featured special guest, offering insights on her conference presentation on ICD-10 and clinical documentation. Dr. Donald Rappe, CPC-A, also gave his perspective on the same subject as her co-presenter.

“We hear a lot… about payers that are making announcements that they’re not going to pay for unspecified codes or they’re going to reduce revenue if you continue to use them, so we want to make sure physicians are prepared for [ICD-10],” Ms. Buckholtz said. “Dr. Rappe and I went over some various clinical examples and provided some guidance towards physicians and working with them on their clinical documentation.”

“This business of ICD-10 creates a necessity for a team sport,” Dr. Rappe said. “Physicians and coders bring… different but very professional and complimentary skills sets to the table. As long as the two groups are talking together, this process and transition is going to go a lot more smoothly.”

At the end of the podcast, Ms. Buckholtz also summarized the HIMSS presentation given by AAPC National Advisory Board Member Dr. Stephen Spain, FAAFP, CPC, who spoke on the intersection of ICD-10 and meaningful use.

Listen to the archived podcast.


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