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Family Practice Coding Alert

ICD-10 Watch:
Follow 2 Steps Now to Prepare for ICD-10 Conversion

Analyze your practice's top 30 diagnoses to get a head start toward compliance. It's not too early to start educating yourself about ICD-10 implementation, but don't spend your time trying to memorize code sets. That was the advice Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, shared with attendees at the AAPC's regional conference in Nashville Sept. 7-9. Buckholtz is vice president of ICD-10 education and training at AAPC and led a general session at the conference entitled "ICD-10: What You Need to Know." "It's too soon to learn code sets, plus there's not much sense in learning them right now because final codes won't go into play until later," Buckholtz said. "It's not a bad idea to start looking at how some of your common diagnoses will change, but you really don't need to start memorizing things." Buckholtz's advice is consistent with what CMS spokespeople shared during their [...]

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