Well, October 1, 2014 has come and gone and most of us have successfully made the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Sure, there have been bumps along the way and new challenges seem to pop up every now and then but we did it.
Just like any other situation involving coding and billing for healthcare providers, constant changes to rules and regulations are still happening and they always will. No matter what we do to verify coverage or precertify services, there’s always that last line in small print explaining that your efforts are not a guarantee of payment.
I’m sure many of you understand the feeling I get when a denial or rejection comes in and I have a copy of my proof. Even if it doesn’t always work, I’m relieved I have something to support my appeal. It’s the little things that count, right?
If you take pride in your job and always want to do your best, you would agree that continuing your education is critical to staying successful. There are so many free resources to take advantage of and one that I have followed for the last couple of years is ICD10monitor. I go to their site at least a few times a week to catch up on news, case studies, bulletins or to find out about new resources they may have added.
Talk Ten Tuesdays is a weekly, live podcast where providers and industry experts can share their experiences with ICD-10. Registration is free and you always come away learning something new or at the very least, gain a better understanding of something related to ICD-10.
On Friday, March 11 they will have a Special Edition Broadcast to hear about the outcome of the federal ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting held at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters. This meeting is being held to discuss proposed changes to ICD-10 for both procedure and diagnosis codes.
If you are able to listen in, even if it’s playing in the background while you work, hearing about the process and what new changes are being proposed would certainly be helpful to know. So many times I hear people complain or question why things are the way they are so here is your chance to find out!
You can register here for the special edition, Code Explosion: New Codes, New Issues and I hope you will take a bit of time to check out their website also.
Happy coding and billing everyone!