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The Six Trigger Patients who can Hijack your Shift
There are certain patients who push your buttons and cause you to lose your cool. It’s up to you to anticipate these triggers and come up with a plan to manage their care with compassion and poise. GREG HENRY, MD Founder and CEO of Medical Practice Risk Assessment, Inc.; past president of ACEP. All my attempts to delve into the shallowness of epistemological relativism and to grasp objective and universal truths seem to have flopped. View-ing my fan mail versus hate mail, it is clear that the more down-to-earth suggestions are what people want. As one reader put it: “Don’t give me any crap by Bonhoeffer...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Lower Blood Pressure Naturally With This Herb From Bali
My latest book, Healing Herbs of Paradise, has been a great success! Readers from all around the globe have written to tell me how much they love it — and how they’re already using what they’ve learned from the book to improve their health. If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve been traveling the world for more than 20 years in search of natural cures. I’ve seen so many beautiful places and discovered so many healing remedies that aren’t on mainstream medicine’s radar… but nothing prepared me for the wonder of Bali. Not only its beauty — but its abundance of...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - September 14, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures Source Type: news

My Participatory Medicine Story: Osteonecrosis / Avascular Necrosis
My name is Alexandra Albin (msaxolotl on Twitter) and I have an orthopedic condition called osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis (AVN). AVN is a painful and debilitating bone disease that typically affects long bones, is caused by a loss of blood supply to the bone, and can lead to bone degeneration and the collapse of joint surfaces. AVN can happen for many reasons. In my case it was the result of medications — steroids —given for a misdiagnosed condition of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1994. That was my third strange neurological episode over several years of what was suspected to be MS, but never confirmed. One...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - July 28, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Mayank Agarwal Tags: Member Updates Newsletter Alexandra Albin AVN CEO of my own body osteonecrosis paralyzed baldder participatory medicine vascular Necrosis Source Type: news

Top 5 Primary Care Apps
Need to convert from ICD9 to ICD10 or calculate equianalgesic opioid dosing? Find the apps for that, and 3 more time-savers, here. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - February 12, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Linda Geisler, MA Source Type: news

Should HHS delay ICD-10 penalty for two years?
Anyone hoping that the clock would keep ticking toward the Oct. 1, 2015 compliance deadline faster than Congress could say "ICD-10" might want to pay attention to the prodding some U.S. Senators gave Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell last week. ICD-10 & Coding read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 24, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Tom Sullivan Tags: Online Only Claims Processing ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate
The best ICD-10 strategy you'll hate http://icd10watch.com/blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will-hate ICD-10 & Coding Why dual coding is the best ICD-10 strategy you will hate If you're scrambling to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline, why would you want to start assigning ICD-10 codes before then? Healthcare IT News blog/why-dual-coding-best-icd-10-strategy-you-will...
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 23, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Carl Natale Tags: ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

ICD-10: What's different this time?
The healthcare industry is now closer than it’s ever been to an ICD-10 compliance deadline — if only in calendar days. Whereas the previous pair of delays each came approximately seven months ahead of the former respective deadlines, today we are barely more than 5 months away from the ominous First of October.   But other than that is anything actually different this time? Well, yes, according to several industry veterans who have spun around the seemingly endless ICD-10 track before. ICD-10 & Coding read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 14, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Tom Sullivan Tags: Online Only Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 & Coding Meaningful Use Source Type: news

3M unwraps workflow tool for ICD-10 and copy-paste
Workflow: It’s among the most daunting challenges physicians currently face in their day-to-day professional lives whether within electronic health records systems or other software. And that holds particularly true when it comes to coding and documentation. ICD-10 & Coding read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 12, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Tom Sullivan Tags: Online Only Business Intelligence ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

Four Ways Vendors Should Help the ICD-10 Transition
Despite delays, ICD-10 demands superior technology now. Here's how to know if your vendor is your partner or an obstacle as the transition nears. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 7, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Donna Masucci, RN Tags: Blog ICD-9 ICD-10 Health IT EHR Operations Source Type: news

WEDI survey: ICD-10 readiness still underwhelms
WEDI's newest survey of ICD-10 readiness among vendors and providers is out. And the progress report is not as promising as officials had hoped. In fact, it appears as the ICD-10 delay has actually had a negative impact on progress.    ICD-10 & Coding read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 6, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Erin McCann Tags: Online Only ICD-10 & Coding Policy and Legislation Source Type: news

ICD-10 Procrastinator's Six-Month Timeline
ICD-10 will be here before you know it. Here's what you need to do before October 1. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 6, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: Managers Administrators ICD-9 ICD-10 Coding Staff Medical Billing & Collections Training Source Type: news

ICD-10 Documentation and Quality Reporting Changes
Make sure your practice is ready for changes in documentation analysis and quality reporting tied to the ICD-10 coding transition. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Maria N. Ward, M.Ed Tags: ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

Six Key Differences Between ICD-9 and ICD-10
The changes in the new ICD-10 coding system will help you do your job better. Here are some changes you'll be happy to meet. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: ICD-9 ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

Two ICD-10 Prep Tips for Practices
Think coding is hard now? ICD-10 will require far greater specificity and documentation. Here are two ways to start preparing. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 31, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Shelly K. Schwartz Tags: ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

ICD-10: How to Avoid These 5 Costly ProblemsICD-10: How to Avoid These 5 Costly Problems
The switch to ICD-10 is likely to create some difficulties for your practice, but you can take steps to make sure they don't happen. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Seven Big ICD-10 Changes for Primary Care
Focus on the most frequently used codes at your primary-care practice — such as these seven — to better prepare for the ICD-10 transition. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michelle Cavanaugh, RN, CPC Tags: ICD-9 ICD-10 Staff Training Operations Source Type: news

Why every American should care about the ICD-10 delay
To the average person, ICD-10 might sound like the cataloging number one uses to locate a piece of furniture in an IKEA warehouse. And with each passing delay, it is positioned more and more as a government versus healthcare provider debate. While these organizations and facilities are certainly impacted, we, as patients, are as well - only most don't realize it. All care is not equal ICD-10 & Coding Why every American should care about the ICD-10 delay To the average person, ICD-10 might sound like the cataloging number one uses...
Source: Healthcare IT News - March 13, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bonnie Cassidy Tags: ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

It's time to worry about another ICD-10 deadline extension
http://www.icd10watch.com/blog/its-time-worry-about-another-icd-10-deadline-extension ICD-10 & Coding It's time to worry about another ICD-10 deadline extension No, I'm not saying another delay of ICD-10 implementation is imminent. But this is the time to worry. Healthcare IT News blog/its-time-worry-about-another-icd-10-deadline-extension (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - March 12, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Carl Natale Tags: ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

MapIT - Introduction to Mapping Tool 2015
March 16, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM ET. This webinar will provide a walk-through of the updated mapping tool, MapIT, that utilizes the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS), developed by CMS, to provide both forward and backward or reverse mapping between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to assure all relevant codes are identified. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Eight ICD-10 Resources to Prepare Your Practice
ICD-10 training for your staff will vary by learning style and practice role. Here are eight resources to meet your needs. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 9, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: Managers Administrators ICD-9 ICD-10 Coding Staff Training Source Type: news

Assessing ICD-10 Readiness and System Testing
An important part of ICD-10 readiness is ensuring all hardware and software is evaluated via a systems inventory. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 6, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Patty Buttner, RHIA Tags: ICD-10 Coding EHR Payers Source Type: news

Docs sound warning about ICD-10 dangers
In a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 100 medical societies aired "a number of concerns that do not appear to be addressed" as the ICD-10 deadline looms. [See also: CMS touts end-to-end ICD-10 test success] ICD-10 & Coding Docs sound warning about ICD-10 dangers In a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 100 medical societies aired "a number of concerns that do not appear to be addressed" as the ICD-10 deadline looms. ...
Source: Healthcare IT News - March 6, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Claims Processing Clinical ICD-10 & Coding Meaningful Use Quality and Safety Source Type: news

Physicians Want CMS to Beef Up ICD-10 Contingency PlansPhysicians Want CMS to Beef Up ICD-10 Contingency Plans
The call came as initial claims testing indicated a lower-than-normal acceptance rate, potentially causing a 'catastrophic backlog of millions of unpaid Medicare claims.' Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The Effect of ICD-10 on Your Medical Practice Budget
You've budgeted for training and software upgrades, but there are less tangible costs attributed to the ICD-10 transition. Here's how to prepare. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: Finance ICD-10 Revenue Cycle Management Operations Payers Source Type: news

Don't Like ICD-10? Don't Worry -- ICD-11 Is on the Horizon
(MedPage Today) -- Even as the U.S. gears up for ICD-10, the next-generation system is coming. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 2, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CMS touts end-to-end ICD-10 test success
"CMS is ready for ICD-10," said outgoing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner this week, pointing to 660 providers and billing companies that submitted some 15,000 test claims. [See also: ICD-10: 'We need it; we're ready'] ICD-10 & Coding CMS touts success in end-to-end ICD-10 test "CMS is ready for ICD-10," said outgoing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner this week, pointing to 660 providers and billing companies t...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 27, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Claims Processing Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

CDI and mobile ICD-10 tools on tap
Whereas ICD-10 invariably gets its share of attention, technologies ancillary to the code conversion but likely to prove at least as transformative are also along for the ride. Take clinical documentation improvement and natural language processing tools, for instance. ICD-10 & Coding CDI and mobile ICD-10 tools on tap Precyse plans to launch a new workflow platform encompassing natural language processing and geared toward clinical documentation improvement, case management and computer-assisted coding. ...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 27, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Frank Irving Tags: Online Only Clinical ICD-10 & Coding Mobile Source Type: news

iPatientCare Announces the Successful Implementation of ICD-10 Ready...
ICD-10 Upgrade and Related Training and Implementation Assistance Available Now to all iPatientCare EHR Users(PRWeb February 25, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12540011.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 26, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Practices behind on ICD-10, but still confident they'll reach finish line
Most physician practices are now convinced that the ICD-10 transition will finally happen on Oct. 1, 2015. But just 21 percent say they're on track with their preparations for the switchover. That's according to the third ICD-10 readiness survey, published by Navicure and Porter Research. Despite that low preparedness percentage, however, most practices are "generally optimistic" about being ready for the big day, according to Navicure.   ICD-10 & Coding Practices behind on ICD-10, but say they'll reach finish line ...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 24, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Claims Processing Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 & Coding Workforce Source Type: news

It's Time to Move to ICD-10, Not for Another Delay
Halting ICD-10 implementation now would be a huge burden to medical practices. It's not time for another delay; it's time to get to work. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Lee, MD, MBA Tags: Blog ICD-9 ICD-10 Coding Operations Source Type: news

Training for ICD-10: 3 Approaches
When preparing to train practice staff, consider whether they need awareness, intense, or extensive instruction. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angie Comfort, RHIA Tags: ICD-10 Coding Staff Training Source Type: news

House Hearing Dampens Hope of ICD-10 DelayHouse Hearing Dampens Hope of ICD-10 Delay
Testimony from healthcare industry figures strongly favored sticking to the October 1 deadline for using the new codes. Many lawmakers agreed, including the hearing chairman. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Five ICD-10 Areas of Focus for Your Medical Practice
Here are five ways you can mitigate the risk of a coding audit or fines in your practice, in relation to the coming ICD-10 conversion. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

ICD-10 hearing: 'Pull the trigger, or pull the plug'
One takeaway from the ICD-10 hearing on Capitol Hill this Wednesday? The majority of healthcare industry stakeholders called on federal lawmakers to issue no more delays for the code set implementation start date, which is set to take effect Oct. 1. There was, however, one voice of dissent, who wanted to see ICD-10 ditched once and for all.   ICD-10 & Coding ICD-10 hearing: 'Pull the trigger, or pull the plug' One takeaway from the ICD-10 hearing on Capitol Hill this Wednesday? The majority of healthcare stakeho...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 12, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Erin McCann Tags: Online Only Compliance & Legal ICD-10 Coding Policy and Legislation Quality and Safety Source Type: news

ICD-10 Winter and Valentine's Day Codes
Having a little fun with the ICD-10 codes now will come in handy when it’s time to implement them later. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Bearnson Tags: ICD-10 Medical Billing & Collections Training Source Type: news

ICD-10 Will Cost Docs Less Than First Thought, Study SaysICD-10 Will Cost Docs Less Than First Thought, Study Says
Both the new study and the one it undercuts are connected to partisans in the battle over implementing the new set of diagnostic codes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - February 11, 2015 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medicare, Medicaid Ready for ICD-10, Report SuggestsMedicare, Medicaid Ready for ICD-10, Report Suggests
One GOP senator who requested the report said CMS was 'on track' to switch to the new diagnostic codes this fall and that there was no reason to postpone the deadline. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Survey shows ICD-10 easier than first reported
For physicians in small practices, it turns out the cost of moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is much less than anticipated, according to a new study released today by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management. The survey of 276 physician practices of fewer than six providers revealed that total ICD-10 related costs for an entire practice averaged $8,167. Per provider expenditures averaged $3,430. ICD-10 & Coding Survey shows ICD-10 easier than reported For physicians in small practices, it turns out the cost of moving from...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 10, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bernie Monegain Tags: Online Only Claims Processing Electronic Health Records ICD-10 & Coding Source Type: news

Making ICD-10 Training Fun at Your Medical Practice
From team competitions to your own game of Jeopardy!, training for the ICD-10 transition can be enjoyable for your medical practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 10, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: Managers Administrators ICD-9 ICD-10 Staff Training Source Type: news

Senators confident ICD-10 is a go
It looks like the stars could at last be aligned for ICD-10. After years of angst and multiple delays, comes a government report that indicates the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid have done the necessary testing to move forward. At least that's how Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) interpret the Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 6. Senators confident ICD-10 is a go It looks like the stars could at last be aligned for ICD-10. After years of angst and multiple delays, comes a governm...
Source: Healthcare IT News - February 9, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bernie Monegain Tags: Online Only ICD-10 Policy and Legislation Quality and Safety Source Type: news

Defining pediatric traumatic brain injury using international classification of diseases version 10 codes: a systematic review - Chan V, Thurairajah P, Colantonio A.
BACKGROUND: Although healthcare administrative data are commonly used for traumatic brain injury (TBI) research, there is currently no consensus or consistency on the International Classification of Diseases Version 10 (ICD-10) codes used to define TBI amo... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Three Strategies to Help Your Practice Embrace ICD-10
ICD-10 is coming whether we like it or not. Here's how to get your medical practice to accept the coming coding set transition. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 4, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: Managers Administrators ICD-9 ICD-10 Staff Training Operations Physician Productivity Source Type: news

With ICD-10, KPIs worth keeping track of
Whether it's denial rates or average time for claims to be paid, there are "hundreds" of key performance indicators any smart provider should be keeping close tabs on in the days leading up to -- and immediately following -- the Oct. 1, 2015, switchover to ICD-10. read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - January 30, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Industry News Hospitals & IDNs Business Intelligence Physician Practices Ambulatory Care Payers Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 Source Type: news

ICD-10 deadline tries nation's hospitals
Despite ICD-10 having been delayed three times already by the federal government, industry analysts say healthcare officials should treat Oct. 1, 2015, as the official set-in-stone kickoff date.    read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - January 26, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Andrews Tags: Online Only ICD-10 Source Type: news

6 crucial steps toward ICD-10 compliance
Daily Feature 1 of 7 Just nine months awayOct. 1, 2015, is a lot closer than you might think. Presuming there are no unexpected shenanigans between now and then, that – at long last – is the compliance date for the switchover to ICD-10. Before that day arrives, there are some important items on any healthcare organization's to-do list. Erik Newlin, vice president of EDI platform & compliance at Xerox, reminds payers and providers of the top six items they should be sure to square away now– before the I...
Source: Healthcare IT News - January 26, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only ICD-10 Source Type: news

Control ICD-10 Claims and Denials: 4 Tips
Now is the time to act to prevent claims issues, including denials, due to ICD-10. Here are four tips. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 23, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aaron Hood Tags: ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

Charting the Course to ICD-10: Budget Planning
In early 2015, your first tasks to prepare for ICD-10 should be reviewing your budget and effectively communicating the code set change. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 23, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Melanie Endicott Tags: ICD-10 Coding Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

Changes ahead for revenue cycle in 2015
Continuing uncertainty about the implementation and ultimate impact of ICD-10, and the expansion of bundled payments in 2015, mean hospitals will have to have sound systems and strategies in place for revenue cycle management in 2015. read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - January 20, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Industry News Hospitals & IDNs Physician Practices Ambulatory Care Claims Processing Payers Vendors Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 Source Type: news

An ICD-10 training timeline, and some coding scenarios
ICD-10 coding scenarios I don't see how anyone can make the argument that ICD-10 training should be delayed. There are currently less than nine months for learning ICD-10 coding and practice. There won't be any time to forget the newly learned codes. read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - January 20, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Carl Natale Tags: Industry News Financial/Revenue Cycle Management ICD-10 Source Type: news

With ICD-10 Training, Timing Is Everything
How to manage the timing of your ICD-10 training — whether you anticipated a 2014 transition or have done nothing so far. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 16, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Avery Hurt Tags: ICD-9 ICD-10 Staff Training Technology Source Type: news