Issue #51 - September 12, 2014
ICD-10: Tips & Resources
In This Issue
Featured Article
In the News
Coding Snapshot
ICD-10 Strategies
Featured Resource
Code Set Boot Camps
Featured Article: ICD-10 Changes from a Billing Agency's Point of View
By: Yvonne Dailey, CPC, CPC-I, CPB
For the past two years I have seen billing agencies close their doors for one of three reasons:
  1. The cost to update their systems to accommodate the changes or
  2. The provider was fearful that he or she couldn’t survive ICD-10 and sold the practice to the hospital, or
  3. The provider took the billing in-house because he or she purchased an EMR.
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AAPC sends letter to HHS Secretary
After the testimony of Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, AAPC’s Vice President of ICD-10 Education and Training, among others at the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) meeting in June of this year, Jason VandenAkker, CEO of AAPC, sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell....Read More
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Coding Snapshot
HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: The patient is a 40-year-old white male who presents with a chief complaint of “chest pain”.
The patient is diabetic and has a prior history of coronary artery disease. The patient presents today stating that his chest pain started yesterday evening and has been somewhat intermittent. ...Read More
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ICD-10 Implementation Strategies
We will be sharing a number of strategies to help your practice successfully implement ICD-10-CM. Please remember to track your progress in your ICD-10 Implementation Tracker on AAPC's website.

Vendor discussions
Now is the time to begin (or revisit) discussions with your vendors regarding preparations for ICD-10. As highlighted in this month’s featured article, billing agencies are just one example of vendors that are in full swing with their preparations for the coming implementation....Read More
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Featured Resource
Quick Reference for Pain
The Quick Reference for Pain is a tool that can be used to show the documentation points necessary to assist providers with the necessary documentation points for asthma in ICD-10-CM. It is in pdf form that can be copied and shared with anyone....Read More
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Code Set Boot Camps
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