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ICD-10 Preparedness for Procrastinators

This hourlong webinar, hosted by Etna Interactive President Ryan Miller and presented by KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. President Karen Zupko, outlines a specific, practical, and actionable plan of what you can do to prepare for the ICD-10 launch Oct. 1. Even if only a small percentage of your revenue comes from reconstructive surgery, you’ll miss that 20% if it’s not coming in. Set priority learning goals in your office based on the data and reports Karen recommends.

This is not a “how to code” course. It’s a strategic planning session complete with specific tactics on dealing with the move to ICD-10. The presentation is illustrated with examples of 1:1 and 1:3 mapped codes, as well as those that expand beyond. You’ll see how V codes become Z codes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Initiate a proactive ICD-10 action agenda.
  2. Lead the transition; assign accountability to make sure key steps are taken.
  3. Analyze physician documentation so it is ICD-10-codable.

Contact info:

Karen Zupko, KarenZupko & Associates, Inc.
Website: http://www.karenzupko.com/
Email: kzupko@karenzupko.com
Phone: (312) 642-5616


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One Response to ICD-10 Preparedness for Procrastinators

  • Ryan Miller says:

    While Congress passed a patch that could delay ICD-10 implementation by a year (from October 1, 2014 to at least October 1, 2015), the President has not yet signed the bill and heavily invested health care entities will press Congress to go back to the original October 1, 2014 implementation date.

    I asked the team at KZA for their feedback. Here’s what they’ve stated:

    “One of the reasons that the implementation of the October 2014 ICD-10 was going to be so painful is because people failed to prepare. Full implementation and ICD-10 readiness is a 12-24 month process for a practice. They now have that time.

    Learning ICD-10 is not like cramming for a board exam, which many surgeons seem to think. It is more like learning a new language—that you have to be fluent in.

    One of the best practices is to code and document 25-50% of your cases in ICD-10 by the end of Q2 2014. If you put off education until April of 2015, once again you will be woefully behind.

    Understanding the ICD-10 will allow your surgeon to make their op reports and notes codable. It will allow savvy practices to work with their EHR vendors to get ‘favorite frequent diagnoses’ into place and documentation templates finely tuned. It will mean you won’t need as large a line of credit!”

    Take advantage of this reprise. Follow the suggestions from our webinar and begin implementation in a relaxed but dedicated fashion.

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