EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 billing codes will be massive. Even though mental / behavioral health codes are a small part percentage of the 68,000 available under ICD-10, the same payers will be processing everyone’s codes! Experts are warning that practices need to have at least six months’ cash reserves to weather the potential reimbursement backlog, and early preparation is your best defense for ICD-10.

Did you know that DSM codes are ICD!? Contrary to popular belief, all claims with dates of service 10.1.15 and after must be coded in ICD-10, whether the DSM is consulted for diagnosis coding or not. Check out our blog posts and articles below for details about DSM, ICD, how they interact – and click here to see how PIMSY behavioral health practice management can help you maintain compliance.

(Disclaimer: Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each practice to ensure ICD & DSM compliance, including the 10/1/15 ICD-10 transition. PIMSY EMR/SMIS has gathered information from various resources believed to be authorities in their field. However, neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors warrant that the information is in every respect accurate and/or complete. PIMSY EMR/SMIS assumes no responsibility for use of the information provided. Neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors shall be responsible for, and expressly disclaim liability for, damages of any kind arising out of the use of, reference to, or reliance on, the content of these educational materials. These materials are for informational purposes only. PIMSY EMR/SMIS does not provide medical, legal, financial or other professional advice and readers are encouraged to consult a professional advisor for such advice.)

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ICD-10 Resources for Upcoming Coding Transition

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 11.10.13 The upcoming ICD-10 coding transition is both massive and mandatory: experts estimate that medical practices need to have 6 months cash reserves to get through it!  Due to the scope of changes, this isn’t something that can be ignored or addressed at the last...

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ICD-10: Did You Know?? (Part 5)

Did you know that productivity will significantly decrease after ICD-10? Providers will need to document more therefore taking more time to see patients. Also, billing and coding staff will take longer to code charts.  Some coding industry experts are saying that with ICD-9 they could code anywhere...

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ICD-10: Did You Know?? (Part 4)

Did you know that industry experts are stating that medical practices need to have 6 months cash reserves to get through the ICD-10 transition? Start preparing NOW to minimize the financial impact to your practice. Talk to your bank about securing a line of credit if 6 months cash reserves isn’t feasible....

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ICD-10: Did You Know?? (Part 3)

Did you know that you will have to have access to both coding sets (ICD-9 and ICD-10) well after Oct 1, 2014? Non HIPAA covered entities such as Workers Comp, Auto and Disability insurance do not have to comply with ICD-10. So if your practice treats patients with work comp or auto injuries, those...

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ICD-10 Did You Know?? (Part 2)

Did you know that ICD-10 will impact every area of your practice? Start now with performing an impact assessment. This is very easy, just take a pen and paper and walk through your practice and make note every time a diagnosis code is used during a patient visit, start with check-in and follow the...

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ICD-10 Did You Know?? (Part 1)

Did you know that the United States is the last industrialized nation to implement ICD-10? The good news with that is we can learn from other countries and their advice to us is don’t wait, start preparing NOW! One of the things you can start doing now is chart audits to see if your current documentation...

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