Issue #46 - April 11, 2014
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In This Issue
Featured Article
In the News
Coding Snapshot
ICD-10 Strategies
ICD-10 Resource
Code Set Boot Camps
Featured Article: ICD-10-CM Coding for Obstetrics
New coding concepts for Obstetrics include more specific codes to identify the trimester for complications of pregnancy, the weeks of gestation, and provides a 7th character option to identify a fetus when the care of the mother is altered during the pregnancy. Chapter 15 for pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium are reported with codes O00 through O9A. ... Read More
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In The News: Protecting Access to Medicare Act Passes House and Senate
The United States Senate just passed HR 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. If signed into law by President Obama, then this bill will delay ICD-10 and shift required implementation from October 1, 2014 to as early as October 1, 2015. The act also extends the “doc fix” for Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payments for a year... Read More
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Coding Snapshot
GROSS FINDINGS: Upon entering the abdomen, there was a 15-week sized uterus. There was one mild omental adhesion to the front of the uterus. The left ovary was smooth, nonadherent, in the cul-de-sac approximately 10 to 12 cm in size. It appeared to be predominantly cystic. The right ovary was normal in size, shape, and contour. No other pelvic pathology noted.... 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.

Systems Assessments
In preparation for ICD-10 implementation, an in-depth systems review will need to be performed. This should list the impact that ICD-10 will have to all systems and determine compatibility if upgrades will be necessary. The evaluation should include all systems, coding applications, and software to ensure compatibility with ICD-10... Read More
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Featured Resource
OB/GYN Reference Guide
ICD-10-CM will require new skills. AAPC has created an OB/GYN coding resource to help you make the transition to the new system. The complimentary sheets can be downloaded and make great desk references for your specialty practice... Read More
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Code Set Boot Camps
CA Burlingame (Apr 28)
CO Colorado Springs (Apr 28)
CT Orange (May 1)
IL Springfield (May 5)
LA Shreveport (Apr 28 & May 1)
ME Portland (Apr 21)
MA Boston (Apr 21 & Apr 24)
MI Lansing (May 8)
MS Jackson (May 5)
NJ Newark (Apr 21)
NC Raleigh (May 5)
OH Columbus (May 5)
PA Philadelphia (Apr 17)
PA Pittsburgh (Apr 17)
RI Providence (Apr 24)
TX Dallas (Apr 21 & Apr 24)
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