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Make the most of ICD-10 testing

HIM professionals have the skills and knowledge to steer organizations in the right direction regarding ICD-10 end-to-end testing. By identifying suitable cases for testing, ensuring data integrity, and interpreting test results, HIM can pave the way for a comprehensive testing plan. Read an article by HRS President Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, on ICD-10 end-to-end testing. It […]

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Mental Health Coding in ICD-10: Is It Major Depression or Not?

This message is based on Kim Carr’s presentation for ICD-10 Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday, on August 19. With the conversion to ICD-10, ICD-9 code 296.20, “Major Depression single episode, unspecified whether mild, moderate, severe or severe with psychotic features,” which is a CC and 311, “Depressive disorder, not elsewhere classified” will both translate to ICD-10 […]

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Open Letter to Our Customers: Important ICD-10 Update

Dear HRS Customer, Like you, we were shocked to hear news of the ICD-10 delay. HRS and our HIM profession has witnessed many changes and challenges over the past 35 years. HRS has been with you through the conversion from ICD-8 to ICD-9-CM, the promulgation of the prospective payment system and MS-DRGs, and the transition […]

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An Environment of Trust Will Improve Physician ICD-10 Training

In our previous newsletter, we discussed physician training needs and tactics. In this month’s newsletter, we focus more closely on the key element to a successful training: creating an environment of trust. Trust is an essential element for the effectiveness of any organization. In Health Information Management (HIM), there is a direct correlation between an […]

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Five Factors for Avoiding Radiology Denials in ICD-10

Under ICD-9, many radiology procedures are simple to code and to bill, making them a good source of cash flow. Under ICD-10, radiology coding becomes much more complex. But with the right preparation, hospitals can continue to get a quick reimbursement turnaround for radiology procedures. The overarching issue with radiology billing under ICD-10 is specificity. […]

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Three Steps to Eliminating Coding Cheat Sheets

(and one suggestion for meeting cheat sheet users halfway) ICD-9 coding cheat sheets are detrimental to correct coding in most facilities. Coding cheat sheets are one-page references that give the “little c” coder—non-coders who use codes on a day-to-day basis—just the codes they need to do their jobs. But more often than not, cheat sheets […]

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Budgeting for ICD-10 Training

It’s budgeting time for a lot of facilities, and ICD-10 training is an important budget line item. As you’re budgeting for ICD-10 training—and for ICD-10 in general—be sure you look at all the variables. Here are some budgeting hints to make sure you have all your bases covered. Identify actual education and training costs, whether […]

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Get to know your “little c” coders

Who are your Coders? That may seem like a silly question. We’re guessing you know who your “Coders” are. They’re the ones employed in your HIM department, reviewing medical documentation, assigning codes to cases and prepping cases for billing. Those are your “Big C” Coders. But what about your “little c” coders? Clinicians, technicians, analysts, […]

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Three must-haves in ICD-10 assessment and training solutions

Online ICD-10 assessment and training products can be excellent options to help you get your coders trained. They can also be a management nightmare. If you’re considering online ICD-10 assessment and training, here are three tips that will help you find an easy-to-use solution: Look for an integrated solution. Connecting online assessments with online training […]

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Six essential elements to your ICD-10 training plan

The anticipated delay of the ICD-10 deadline is giving hospital planners more opportunity to focus on ICD-10 training. To achieve the desired outcome—hospital staff who can use ICD-10 as needed in their routine job functions—you will need a comprehensive training blueprint. Here are six recommended planning steps: Review your assessment. You spent significant time and […]

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