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Top 10 Most Hilarious Codes in ICD-10

Nathan Brown on 10/06/2015

The official U.S. launch of ICD-10 has come and gone.  Some folks were happy to see this finally happen, while others were pretty angry that it was not further delayed.  Love it or hate it, I think there is one thing everyone can agree on -- among the 68,000+ billing codes in ICD-10, there are some pretty weird (and hilarious) things to be found.

In this article, we’re going to have a bit of fun by looking at what I consider to be the top ten oddest and most hilarious billing codes in ICD-10.

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Topics: Compliance, ICD-10

Survey: 60 percent of EHR buyers looking to switch

Drew Laing on 10/05/2015

According to EHR Software BuyerView 2015, a survey conducted by Software Advice, the number of physicians switching EHR systems has grown exponentially over the past year.

Since 2010, the majority of physicians (63 percent) purchasing EHRs were looking to replace paper systems, mainly due to government regulations. However, that trend has been reversed now as approximately 60 percent of EHR buyers are already using EHRs.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, EMR

The Aftermath of the ICD-10 Launch

Nathan Brown on 10/02/2015

If, like me, you spent way too much time searching “ICD-10 Launch” on the internet yesterday… you probably (also like me) saw a lot of panic-inciting and/or fear-inducing blogs and opinion articles that made it sound as if yesterday’s transition to ICD-10 in the United States was going to be the medical coding equivalent of the apocalypse.

Today, I am happy to report that the U.S. ICD-10 transition has been about as “apocalyptic” as the Y2K panic was back in 2000 (which, as most of you probably remember, was not an apocalypse).

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Topics: Compliance, ICD-10

ICD-10: The Day Has Arrived... Finally

Nathan Brown on 10/01/2015

Way back in 1983, well over 30 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) began drafting the 10th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).  It took them just shy of a decade to actually finish the thing, of course, which they finally released in 1992.  The transition from ICD-9 did not happen overnight, though… not by a longshot.  In fact, it would take a number of years before most countries started using it.

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Topics: Compliance, ICD-10

Meaningful Use: Members of Congress Support Stage 3 Delay

Drew Laing on 09/30/2015

Last week, the American Medical Association and other medical societies let their voices be heard in regard to Meaningful Use and the proposed rules for Stage 3. Via a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the AMA urged the government to delay the Meaningful Use Stage 3 rollout.

It now appears these medical societies have additional support for the Stage 3 delay as more than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter of their own, asking for a hold in the Stage 3 rollout.

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Topics: Compliance, Meaningful Use, EMR

Survey: 5 Most Requested EMR Features

Drew Laing on 09/29/2015

A growing number of physicians are implementing electronic medical records (EMR) in their respective practices. The increase in EMR adoption, however, also brings a great chance of dissatisfaction in current solutions, whether it's merely one feature or the entire software.

Capterra conducted a survey to measure EMR usage and to dive into the details of why physicians are switching. 

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Topics: Healthcare IT, EMR

Meaningful Use: AMA, Medical Societies Push for Stage 3 Delay

Drew Laing on 09/22/2015

Despite the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently submitting Meaningful Use Stage 3 final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, prominent medical societies are asking the government to delay the Stage 3 rollout. 

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Topics: Compliance, Meaningful Use

4 Benefits of an Integrated EMR and PM Dermatology Solution

Nathan Brown on 09/22/2015

In the early development of EMR systems, a surprisingly small amount of vendors seem to have anticipated just how important the ability to offer integration between EMR and Practice Management (PM) software would become in only a few short years.  These days, using a fully integrated EMR and PM solution is not viewed as a mere convenience—it has quickly become the standard in Dermatology.

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Topics: Practice Management, Electronic Medical Records, EMR, integration

The Final Countdown: ICD-10 for Ophthalmology

Nathan Brown on 09/21/2015

On this blog, we’ve done our best over the last nine months or so to give our readers as many resources as possible to get prepared for the switch to ICD-10 in advance. In fact, back in February I provided our readers with a three-part blog series that provided a detailed look at how some of the more commonly used ICD-9 codes in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Plastic Surgery would translate over to ICD-10. 

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Topics: Compliance, ICD-10

The Final Countdown: ICD-10 for Dermatology

Nathan Brown on 09/18/2015

Well, folks… here we are.

After years and years of political bickering, last minute delays, and long postponements, the final deadline for ICD-10 implementation in the United States is now less than two short weeks away.  There were lot of people who still thought it wouldn’t happen in 2015, and if some had their way it would still not be happening.  However, unless some kind of unexpected zero hour delay occurs between now and the October 1 deadline, ICD-10 is coming to a Dermatology practice near you (in fact, it’s coming to your Dermatology practice).

It’s the Final Countdown, people! 

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Topics: Compliance, ICD-10, EMR