Learning how to follow sequencing instructional notes will guide you to the correct ICD-10 code. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC With less than a year until ICD-10-CM implementation, you’re probably wondering what the most important message I could deliver to you is to help you prepare. My answer, simply put: ...
Mar 1st, 2013
  Walk through real cases to help you strengthen A&P. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC Preparing for ICD-10-CM implementation requires a strategy to minimize productivity losses. Remember how painfully slow it was to search the ICD-9-CM codebook when you first started to learn coding? Although ICD-10-CM may be familiar to ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC Coding for mental and behavioral disorders in ICD-10-CM will depend on the documentation found in the medical record. Working with clinicians on the new coding system and the expanded codes will allow for clarity in documentation so correct codes can be assigned. Depression Depression (also ...
Oct 1st, 2011
Brush up on anatomy and pathophysiology (A&P) to code ICD-10 effectively. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, and Donna L. Stewart, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I When you hear the term International Classification of Diseases (ICD), what comes to mind? Do you view ICD as a method of communicating a patient’s diagnosis to an insurance carrier ...
Aug 1st, 2011
It’s crucial to your ICD-10 plan. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC The conversion to 5010 has gotten much less notoriety than that given to ICD-10, but to make ICD-10 work, you will first need to tackle 5010. The most widely recognized change in the 5010 electronic data interchange (EDI) architecture ...