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OUTSOURCED MEDICAL BILLING SOLUTIONS

When you choose 24/7 Medical Billing Services, you choose a team that holds a decade long experience in medical billing and revenue cycle management (RCM) services. The process of medical billing is stated as the process of communication between the medical provider and the insurance company.

We firmly believe in updating ourselves in technology and with trends. We have certified multi-specialty expertise in  services. We have a satisfied clientele who have been with us for long and have recommended us to their associates. Trust us with handling your billing for our knowledge, experience, skills, and last but not the least, friendly professionalism.

We are Proud to share what our clients vouch for, about us:

  • One-stop solution for RCM – All your billing needs are tackled under one roof.
  • Multi-specialty expertise – End your worries of going helter-skelter looking for different vendors for different specialties. We serve over 20 specialties.
  • Customized services –We understand there is no fixed solution to various problems. So, we go an extra mile to analyze, detect and remove the loopholes.
  • Innovative solutions – Our analysts invest a major chunk of time in detecting and busting billing and reimbursement trends to come up with unique solutions that work for you.
  • Reliability for timeliness –Time is of essence when it comes to reimbursements and to ensure that we have rigid deadlines and make ourselves available round the clock.
  • Data security – Restricted access to staff, stringent professional standards and multi-layer security levels ensures confidentiality and security of sensitive data.
  • Transparent procedures & charges – We understand value your trust, as it is the founding factor for enjoying a long term association. Rest assured of no hidden charges or unpleasant surprises.
  • Total assistance in transition – Handing over your billing services to us? Sit back and relax as we extend complete assistance for the transition.
  • Meticulousness – Well coordinated teams look into details to ensure accurate and timely internal communication to get you paid.
  • Guaranteed client satisfaction – Our happiness lies with your satisfaction, that is why we leave no stone unturned to fulfil our promises.
Reduce around 50%* Operations Cost & increase around 10 – 20% Revenue!

Our Services

  • Medical Billing
  • CODING REVIEW
  • ICD-10 TRAINING
  • AUDIT
  • INSURANCE CREDENTIALING
  • FREE CONSULTATION

Patient Appointment

We help in maintaining a smooth patient influx and operating the clinic in an efficient manner. Reduce patient waiting time by fixing appointments in an organized manner.
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Medical Eligibility Verification :

We assist you to know the exact amount a patient owes in the form of Copays / Coinsurance / Deductibles. This also helps reveal the patient’s payment history.
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Traditional & Latest Coding :

Our certified coders (CPC, COC, CIC, CPC-P, CPM, CPMA, CPCO, CPC-H, etc.) take care of specific Specialties and ICD-10 coding. They assist in documenting with appropriate CPT and ICD codes and Modifiers.Read more…

Demographics / Entry:

The specialist billing experts take care of the demographics & charge entry. They let the medical practice track when and where the claims go and also make them aware of whether they are filed within 24 – 48 hours.Read more…

Quality Review

The Quality team monitors every process of the RCM cycle. Quality reports and the analytics are shared internally with the team every day and with the client too during the Client Review meeting.Read more…

Electronic Claims Submission / Rejections Resolutions

We maintain a 99% clean claim standard. The trends and analysis are shared with the Coding and Claims entry teams along with the client as per the client’s convenience / during the Review meeting.Read more…

Payment Posting

The Payments received through ERA / EOB are posted on the system within 24 – 48 hours and the reports are reconciled on a daily basis. Denials are captured & moved to the Denial Analysis team.Read more…

Denial Analysis & Resolutions

Claim Denials are analyzed carefully and the root cause is defined for each problem. It is then escalated to the concerned teams to make sure the Denials are fixed & also ensure they don’t recur in future.Denial analysis is shared with the client once a week.Read more…

Accounts Receivable follow-up

24/7 MBS runs behind every dollar on the table. We have collected millions of untapped dollars when we took over new projects. We check with the insurance companies for outstanding claims over 30 days through AR calling. The trend and details of the Report are shared with the practice once in a week or a month.Read more…

AAPC / AHIMA Certified Auditors

Our team consists of American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) & American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certified auditors with over ten years of experience.We help you detect the loopholes and once we analyze and pinpoint the weak links in the process, we also provide probable solutions to rectify it.This process saves you from losing any revenue for the performed services & ensures compliance with the rules too.Read more…

Analyse Documents the e-Way

We analyse the documentation sent by providers via electronic medium and check for inaccuracies, reasons for denials, reasons for delay in payments, time taken per claim to get reimbursed, etc. We also look for a pattern or trend in the billing cycle and the revenue generated.Read more…

Assistance with Appeals

Studies show that many medical practices refrain from appealing denied claims due to hassles involved in the procedure, and many a times due to manpower shortage. With 24/7 MBS you can bank on our expertise to get some returns from the denied claims, if not in full.Read more…

Our Experience Speaks

24/7 MBS has been reviewing and auditing medical practices of various specialties for over ten years and has aided over 10,000 medical practices across the US to simplify and streamline their revenue.

Stay abreast with the latest mandates of the healthcare regulatory authorities & successfully deal with the transition to the latest coding standards of ICD-10. Your revenue generation largely depends on coding. Coding is an extension to immaculate billing documentation process. It is more than just knowing the appropriate code & the updates. It is about accuracy & ensuring the deserved remuneration from the insurance companies.

It can be difficult to alter an already set process of medical billing in an in-house billing department. One of the reasons may be the lack of conducting an audit to weigh the different aspects in the process. It is thus necessary to have audits & come up with practical solutions to the issues a practice faces or simply to recover more revenue from the insurance companies & patients alike. 24/7 Medical Billing Services offers auditing & consultation services to individual practitioners, medical practices like hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASC), laboratories, etc. regarding their medical billing to detect bottlenecks, streamline the process & help fill the gaps.

Provider Enrollment / Insurance Credentialing

24/7 MBS provides ongoing Credentialing services to all doctors, hospitals & group practices (including new ones). We check the contract & verify their credentials from time to time. This process ensures a good rapport & helps to deal with payment delays from the Payers in an effective way.Read more…

Encourage Smooth Cash Inflow

Credentialing is also like a partnership / affiliation or willingness to participate in providing care in association with specific insurance providers. This makes the Payers have confidence on you & also favor you above those who aren’t registered with them. Your patients too are more likely to come to you given the reimbursement benefits the credentialing brings along.Read more…

Requirements of Credentialing

Your in-house staff may not get time to meticulously update & follow up with the insurers given the shortage of time / manpower. There’s where we take over from you & ensure end to end assistance to complete the process.Read more…

Advantages of Consulting 24/7 MBS:

Wondering why you need expert services? Well, our experts possess vast experience of over 10 years & are well trained in detecting billing trends. They would take less than half the time for getting things back on track for you. Why not take advantage of experience & consult our Analysts with the following?

FREE CONSULTATION

WE WORK 24/7 ALL THROUGH THE YEAR.

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Testimonials

Olympus Medical Billing Corporation is working with 24/7 Medical Billing Company for the last 6 months. The team is very efficient. We had about 20 client transition during the period. We had multi-specialty practice transition. The transition was very smooth and there is no revenue block with the client. They have a dedicated manager for each account. The account manager is always available to answer the client questions. Read Continue

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They are specialized in almost all the specialty and they are hands-on with most of the billing software. We had transition from GE Centercity, Allscripts, Autumn 8, Office ally etc. They were ready take on the transition. ICD 10 Certified coders add strength to the existing healthcare situation.

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The biggest advantage is the transition period is between 5-15 days. I recommend 24/7 for any Medical Billing services. They are cost effective and efficient.

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ConXit and DocsInk Announce Partnership to Improve Charge Capture and Medical Billing Procedures

October 7, 2015
ConXit and DocsInk now offer a real solution to the medical industry to help capture lost charges without increasing workload. Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) October 06, 2015 ConXit, an industry leading healthcare consulting and services company, and DocsInk, a pioneering mobile healthcare software company, today announced their strategic partnership to launch an innovative mobile charge capture platform allowing physicians the ability to streamline billing procedures, increase revenue and eliminate lost charges. DocsInk, recently selected as a finalist for the NC Tech Awards in the Use of Technology – Health and Wellness category, has been gaining notoriety on the healthcare front for its innovative charge capture system. Their website states – “Give us 45 days and we will give you an average of 17% increase in revenue and 90% reduction in length of time it takes to get your bills out the door.” Partnering with ConXit allows DocsInk to expand into new markets of physicians and bring them this revolutionary product. “We are extremely excited to enter into such an ideal strategic partnership,” said DocsInk CGO Joe Purnell. “This will allow ConXit and DocsInk to collaborate with existing ConXit’s national client base that have been clamoring for a real solution to the physicians’ everyday needs.” “The geographic footprint ConXit will provide DocsInk is very exciting allowing for our continued rapid expansion into vital healthcare markets,” continued Purnell. “The new healthcare connected communities, for DocsInk, will create environments of positive healthcare disruption by breaking down those barriers that exist between the provider, patient and hospital while giving the doctors more time to spend on what really matters!” “A growing provider concern is how to maximize revenue without increasing workload,” said ConXit CEO Shawn Miller. “DocsInk’s mobile charge capture platform solves both of these problems. It is the best we have seen.” Uncaptured charges and lagging reimbursements are issues that have plagued the medical industry for years. DocsInk’s simple and intuitive mobile charge capture platform has proven to increase clinical revenue. Charges are securely sent via provider’s mobile devices within seconds for immediate billing, which reduces the average revenue cycle by 90% providing an almost instant ROI. About DocsInk DocsInk’s mobile application is available for download in iTunes and Google Play. Designed for use by medical providers who render patient care in hospitals, ambulatory facilities, multiple outpatient offices, skilled nursing facilities, ACO’s, and home health agencies, DocsInk addresses the financial, communication and ease of use needs of medical professionals with the following integrated functionality: mobile charge capture, secure texting and messaging, integrated on­call calendar, referral/consult management, automated admission and discharge notifications, sharing of clinical data and images, transitional care/patient discharge dashboards, billing dashboards, and reporting and data analytics. To learn more about DocsInk or schedule a demo, contact Joe Purnell at 888-577-7409 or visit: https://www.docsink.com/. Contact: Joe Purnell, Chief Growth Officer | jpurnell(at)docsink(dot)com | 888-577-7409 About ConXit ConXit Healthcare Technology Group provides an array of customizable healthcare technology solutions. Our mission is to help independent practices achieve their business and financial goals by lowering
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Georgia senators study medical billing limits

October 13, 2015
ATLANTA | Imagine arranging for a surgical procedure, following all of the insurance guidelines about an “in-network” doctor and hospital, securing pre-approval, paying the required deductible and co-payment, and then still getting bills from doctors for more money. It’s a common scenario, according to insurance and medical professionals, who call it “balance billing.” It’s when a physician bills the patient for the balance of the fee beyond what insurance paid. Consumer advocates call it surprise billing. In many states, it’s illegal. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is considering whether to do the same in Georgia, impose other regulations or leave it to the free market. “We have to look at this as a consumer-protection issue and not as an insurance issue, because these patients are getting bills they don’t owe,” said LeeAnne Gasaway, a lobbyist for the America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for insurance carriers. The billing happens because hospitals assign specialists based on their internal arrangements, not insurance networks. So a patient attended by an in-network surgeon in an in-network hospital has no choice over who performs the lab work, reads the X-rays or administers the anesthesia. A 1992 Georgia law allows those doctors to file a claim against the patient’s insurance, which decides what to pay them. But doctors who aren’t satisfied with that payment say they set their fees based on their own overhead, including rent, employees, student loans and other costs. “If a patient receives care from a doctor outside their network, this doctor does not have in-network access to the plan’s covered patients and has no ability to reduce his or her charges based on the promise of more referrals,” said Dr. Todd Williamson, a Gwinnett County neurologist and a former president of the Medical Association of Georgia. He said the problem is that insurance companies keep such narrow provider networks that it’s difficult to avoid a specialist outside of them. Hospital officials say it’s because they can’t keep track of which doctors are in a patient network or not, especially during emergencies. “We don’t know what the insurance is,” said Dr. John Rogers, a Macon emergency-room physician. Sen. Dean Burke, a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and a physician, said, “Even if we see the insurance company on the hospital intake form, we can’t know which of the many plans they are covered by or the hundreds of networks they maintain.” Now that hospitals can be penalized under the Affor­dable Care Act for patients who relapse and require readmission and for infections, they have more incentive to bring in specialists that they know and trust rather than someone who might be in-network but who rarely practices in that hospital, said Burke, R-Bainbridge. Besides, the balanced bill is usually small in relation to what hospitals charge, Rogers told the senators during a hearing last week. “The amount for an emergency physician is not that large compared to facility bills,” he said. The insurance company might pay an
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Surprise medical bills forum takes on issues consumers want solved

October 16, 2015
A Jupiter woman is contesting a bill of more than $23,000 involving trauma-team charges her insurer has refused to cover. A Wellington man said his out-of-pocket costs in his health plan nearly doubled to $5,900 in one year. A Port St. Lucie man said his bill for a drug test jumped $130 to $850 in one month. Consumers from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast have joined others from across Florida to let a state advocate know about their problems with surprise medical bills ahead of a forum in Tallahassee Thursday. Consumers can watch the event live by computer at The Florida Channel starting at 9 a.m. The forum in Tallahassee organized by state insurance consumer advocate Sha’Ron James is designed to help shape debate after attempts to get a handle on the problem stalled in Florida’s legislature last spring. Last week, James called the timing “critical,” warning “the consumer is being caught in the middle of a battle between the insurer and the provider.” Lawmakers are gathering in committees this fall ahead of the legislative session early next year. She appeared at events this week in Palm Beach County, including a property insurance workshop hosted Tuesday by state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, where some consumers raised health insurance issues as well. She is paid by the state to represent consumer interests in insurance matters. James said she aims to find a “balanced” approach to a problem that ended in a stalemate amid fierce lobbying by insurers, medical providers and others last spring. A key issue, as her website notes, is “unexpected charges related to medical services provided by non-network providers, known in the industry as ‘balance billing.’ This issue impacts medical providers, insurers and others; however, it is often the consumer who is left financially burdened by this form of unexpected health care cost.” It happens when insurers and medical providers fail to agree, so they bill the consumer for the difference. It can occur in a wide range of situations, including emergencies where the consumer may have little control over whether someone is in a health plan or not. Among the scheduled speakers is Georgetown University health policy analyst Jack Hoadley, who is expected to talk about how various states are trying protect consumers from unexpected charges. For an idea of how it looks to a range of “stakeholder” groups, representatives from America’s Health Insurance Plans will join others from the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians and Florida CHAIN, a consumer advocacy organization.   Source: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/

CPSI acquires Healthland in $250M EHR deal

December 4, 2015
Combined company will serve about 1,200 hospitals and 3,300 post-acute care facilitiesCombined company will serve about 1,200 hospitals and 3,300 post-acute care facilities In a deal that will have implications for rural and community hospitals as well as the post-acute care market, Computer Programs and Systems announced Nov. 25 that it would acquire rival Healthland Holding and its affiliates. CPSI, which develops healthcare information systems tailored for rural and critical access hospitals, will acquire Healthland for $250 million in cash and stock, the company announced. Healthland provides electronic health records and clinical technology for more than 350 hospitals. Its affiliate American HealthTech, meanwhile, provides clinical and financial tools for more than 3,300 post-acute care providers and nursing facilities, while affiliate Rycan offers revenue cycle management workflow and automation software to 250 hospitals. CPSI said the combined company will have annual revenues of about $300 million in 2015 and will employ more than 1,900 staffers. The deal will mark its entry into the post-acute care market. “Healthland’s history tracks a very similar course to that of CPSI, as we both have over 30 years of experience in the healthcare IT space, and we share a strong commitment to the improvement of community healthcare,” said Boyd Douglas, president and chief executive officer of CPSI, in a press statement annoncing the deal. “The combination of these two long-standing companies creates in CPSI a broad product portfolio across the continuum of care.” Douglas said the combined company will serve about 1,200 acute care facilities and 3,300 post-acute care facilities. He added that the company will better be able to drive patient engagement and care coordination, particularly as health systems transition to more of a value-based payment model. “With the ongoing transformation in community healthcare, this combination will enable us to deliver solutions faster for our clients and better scale our development investment and customer support across the many communities we serve,” added Healthland CEO Chris Bauleke. “Delivering meaningful solutions for our customers as they prepare for the transition into value-based payment models will continue to be a priority.” Source: healthcareitnews.com

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Major Oldham County employer will add 200 jobs

March 5, 2016
LaGrange-based The Rawlings Group plans to bring on 200 new staff members later this year. The Rawlings Group analyzes and mines data to help companies reduce health care costs and performs claims-recovery services for the health care industry Its headquarters is located inside the 1,000-acre Oldham Reserve Business Park at 1 Eden Parkway. Wtih about 1,200 employees, The Rawlings Group is one of Oldham County’s major employers. Last month the company moved into the newest building on its Oldham County campus, expanding its footprint there to more than 250,000 square feet, according to a news release. The firm did not disclose construction costs for the facility. Karen Miller, a senior recruiter with The Rawlings Group, said the new facility is about 75,000 square feet and has a state-of-the-art training room for employees. The company also is relocating its subrogation, audit and product support departments into the new facility, she said. The release said the 200 new positions will pay between $45,000 and $75,000 annually. Associate’s degrees or bachelor’s degrees are preferred, and computer skills are a must. The company is recruiting for most departments and looking for qualified applicants in multiple areas, including health insurance, medical billing, medical coding, pharmacy technicians, customer service professionals, mortgage lenders, insurance adjusters, paralegals and software developers. The Rawlings Group has a job fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at its facility. Short on-site interviews will be conducted, and applicants should bring a resume. Prospective employees can save time by applying online in advance. The company asks those who can’t attend the job fair to apply online here. According to its website, The Rawlings Group was founded in 1977 as a legal service for insurance providers. Over the years, it has expanded its programs to assist the health care industry in areas such as medical claims recovery, mass tort litigation and pharmaceutical claims recovery. Source:http://www.bizjournals.com/
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Reengineering the Revenue Cycle

December 26, 2015
As the healthcare industry grapples with rising patient bad debt, a rethinking of revenue cycle management (RCM) is clearly in order – as would be the case for any business segment experiencing a chronic collection problem. In the case of healthcare, the issue lies in the fact that RCM hasn’t kept pace with the rapid shift toward consumerism which is, for lack of a better term, turning patients into payers. Recognizing that “We are now at the point where tune-ups and incremental bolt-on solutions are no longer sufficient,” the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force is preparing to make recommendations for rethinking revenue cycle management. It will be interesting to see what those recommendations include. They will almost certainly focus on RCM reengineering around patient needs, a step that providers can and should begin taking today. Why traditional RCM fails with consumer payments The “bolt-on solutions” that are proving to be insufficient for patient RCM are primarily tools that inform patients with pre-care patient responsibility estimates. These tools are in fact highly effective at setting expectations for the bill to come, which meets perhaps 80 to 90% of the patient collection challenge. While the pre-care estimate is foundational, we shouldn’t stop there. From the patient’s perspective, the pre-care estimate is just the beginning. Surprises often lie ahead. Confusion nearly always does. After care is received and the insurance claim goes through the payer part of the revenue cycle, the patient is given their bill, which is more often than not higher than what they expected. It may be that the provider originally underestimated. Perhaps care involved procedures and/or tests that weren’t anticipated at the onset. Either way, the presentation almost invariably is full of terms that are alien to consumers – causing resistance even when the final bill does agree with the pre-care estimate. Consumers, by their very nature, are more inclined to pay amounts when they can understand the bill; confusing or hard to follow bills often complicate collections and contribute to bad debt accrual. Start with clearly written consumer communication The language in patient statements reflects the fact that providers are more adept at communicating dollars and cents with insurers than they are with patients. Final patient statements typically are built around copays and deductibles – concepts not common in everyday life – with medical-speak for items being billed. The patient would have a much firmer understanding of their obligation if the patient statement said clearly, in plain terms, “Here is what we estimated you would have to pay, here is what’s actually due and here is why.” It would be even better if providers had that kind of conversation and framed the reality of the patient revenue cycle from the beginning of the patient encounter, with an initial written estimate saying clearly, “Here is what we believe we’ll be providing, and here’s what it costs. Here’s what your insurance will pay, which is why you will be billed for these anticipated services.” Very importantly, that estimate should
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Overwhelming support for outsourcing revenue cycle management in healthcare, survey shows

October 14, 2015
Uncertainty over which vendors offer the best revenue cycle managementplatform for them is motivating a growing number of hospitals and physician groups to outsource revenue cycle  processes in lieu of making a large investment in software, according to a new report by BlackBook Research. “As hospitals and physician practices grapple with intense pressure to optimize revenue cycle management processes, outsourcing has emerged as a powerful solution to the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare model,” said Doug Brown, managing partner of BlackBook, in a statement announcing results. According to the survey, 83 percent of hospitals now outsource some accounts receivable and collections, 58 percent of hospitals outsource some contract management, 55 percent of hospitals outsource some denials management and 68 percent of physician groups with more than 10 practitioners now outsource some combination of collections and claims management. Looking down the road, Brown says the expected impact of ICD-10 on the revenue cycle will prompt providers to outsource other revenue cycle functions as well. “Claims management appears to be the next for vendor opportunity as ICD-10 effects begin to impact cash flow, followed by eligibility and benefits management,” he said. Meanwhile, healthcare provider financial decision makers are casting increasingly critical eyes toward their existing vendors. Nearly 79 percent of health organization chief financial officers said next year they need to eliminate financial and coding technology vendors that aren’t producing a return on investment, while more than half believe outsourcing revenue cycle processes will make their organizations more efficient and improve their financial health. Among hospital CFOs, there’s little doubt that outsourcing is the answer, at least for now. About 80 percent of hospital CFOs consider outsourcing to be the best stop-gap measure until new software is selected, purchased and installed, they said. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of hospital CFOs seek new outsourcing agreements extending at least 18 to 36 month. Larger systmes are even more bullish on the trend. The survey found 93 percent of larger hospitals (more than 200 beds) anticipate supplementing their existing revenue cycle software with outsourcing services in the first quarter of 2016 as fallout from ICD-10 lilkely affects cash flow and more value-basedreimbursement opportunities are presented. Source: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/
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ICD-10: What the new code set means for payers and providers

October 24, 2015
Hospitals, health systems and physician practices invested a lot of time and money preparing for the switch from the ICD-9 coding set to ICD-10, and after numerous delays by the federal government, the industry officially moved over to the new code set Oct. 1. Early reports indicate that the transition to the new codes was largely uneventful for some organizations. Aetna, Humana, Anthem and Cigna said last week they were following federal guidelines and are not denying Medicare Part B physician fee schedule claims that lack specificity, as long as they contain an ICD-10 code from the right family of codes. And hospital executives interviewed byFierceHealthIT on Oct. 2 said that except for a few hiccups, the first day was a relative success. But physician practices have reported the conversion has led to delays in care and difficulty accessing payer sites. Part of the problem is that some physician practices held out hope that there would be another delay. As a result, some organizations didn’t fully prepare or train staff and may experience implementation headaches. After all, the new coding set adds 50,000 additional diagnosis codes and requires more detailed information in order to select the correct code for a symptom, disease or provided service. But in time, all organizations will get used to the change. “The longer you’ve done something a certain way, the harder it is to accept change. And we’ve been using ICD-9 since 1979. But the process is still the same, just with different codes,” Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association, tellsFierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview. In this special report, FierceHealthcare looks at the steps payers and providers must now take to fully transition to the new code set and what the future holds. Source: http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/
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ICD-10 National Provider Call to Offer Last-Minute Code Help

August 22, 2015
Just five weeks out from the October 1 ICD-10 deadline, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Medicare Learning Network (MLN) will hold a National Provider Call on August 27 to provide last-minute coding guidance and tips, as well as updates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Topics addressed on the “Countdown to ICD-10” call will include: how to get answers to coding questions, claims that span the implementation date, results from acknowledgement and end-to-end testing weeks, and where to find additional provider resources. Speakers and subject matter experts scheduled for the call are Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Nelly Leon-Chisen, director of coding and classification at the American Hospital Association. Medical coders, physicians, physician office staff, nurses and other non-physician practitioners, provider billing and health records staff, and all Medicare providers are encouraged to listen in. However, time is quickly running out for ICD-10 procrastinators. An eHealth Initiative survey of 271 providers, conducted in conjunction with AHIMA and released in June, revealed a preparedness gap between larger and smaller provider organizations. “It’s very concerning that about 14 percent of physician practices and almost 12 percent of the small organization category have not completed any of the steps to prepare for ICD-10,” said AHIMA’s Bowman.   Source: healthdatamanagement.com

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