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Medical billing & EHR software tips for tackling 1,900 new ICD-10 codes

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Medical billing & EHR software makes staying on top of ICD-10 code updates a snap.

Medical billing & EHR software tips for tackling 1,900 new ICD-10 codes

Just when you thought your biggest ICD-10 challenges were behind you, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more codes are coming. The March 9 CMS meeting announced that the partial code-freeze is over and regular updates to ICD-10 codes will begin October 1, 2016. This means a proposed 1,900 new diagnosis codes for small practices to begin using by fiscal year 2017. Some of the practice areas most affected by the change are cardiology, internal medicine, and family practice.

Medical billing & EHR software makes staying on top of ICD-10 code updates a snap.

If you’re an AdvancedMD client, don’t worry–we’ve got your back. AdvancedMD keeps up with regulatory changes like ICD-10 updates so you don’t have to. With AdvancedBilling and AdvancedEHR, your practice automatically gets the latest updates and rules that are essential for effective coding and billing, including ICD-10:

  • Continuous updates for industry codes, medical rules & billing changes
  • Free, automated updates
  • ICD-10 bidirectional data exchange between PM & EHR cloud infrastructure
  • Integrated clearinghouse with no separate contracts or agreements
  • Automated rules compliance updates for HIPAA, regulatory requirements & implementation deadlines
  • Allows you to automatically import ICD-10 codes to your Diagnosis Codes Master File as you search & use diagnosis codes in your charges.
  • You can now look up codes from the entire ICD-10 code base versus only searching the diagnosis codes you have imported into your specific office key.


Is your medical billing software keeping up with ICD-10 updates?

Your EHR and billing software should provide you with the tools you need to meet Meaningful Use requirements, maximize office efficiency, and help you keep up with additions to ICD-10 coding. If it doesn’t, it’s time for an upgrade! Your time should be spent engaging with patients, not searching through screens of ICD-10 codes. If you don’t have the right technology in place, it will be a drain on both revenue and staff productivity. Don’t risk your practice’s financial health on systems that meet only some of your needs. AdvancedBilling and AdvancedEHR help you stay on top of unexpected regulatory changes with convenient coding features like:


  • Point-and-click options to apply treatment codes & make chart notes
  • Intelligent mapping & prompting suggests ICD-10 codes based on patient history, current findings & documentation
  • Reduce the time spent manually updating a patient’s chart or charge slip


How paper-based practices can stay on top of ICD-10 updates

The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was a hassle for small private practices who rely on books, sticky notes, and cheat sheets for looking up codes. This announcement means that ICD-10 will once again be a drain on your already limited resources. Don’t let the addition of more codes be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. There is an easier way to tackle this new round of codes. One of the greatest advantages to moving away from a traditional, paper-based practice to cloud-based billing and EHR software is the automatic updates that keep you on top of regulatory changes like these.


AdvancedBilling and AdvancedEHR medical practice software does it all for you

Investing in medical billing software or EHR/EMR software pays off, with features and functions that:

  • Ensure accurate coding
  • Minimize risk
  • Improve reimbursement
  • Streamline your revenue cycle management

When the government throws you a curveball–like a thousand new ICD-10 codes–take a deep breath, we’ve got it covered. AdvancedMD has the knowledge and resources to give your practice the support it needs for any new developments in ICD-10 coding:

  • Watch our helpful webinar, 3 Post ICD-10 Transition Solutions to get remedies for some of your most common ICD-10 transition problems. You’ll learn how to be more productive while preventing your rejected claim rates from rising.
  • Request a free ICD-10 Risk Assessment to get a benchmark of how you compare with other practices of your similar size and specialty, and find out if your technology, people, or processes have the potential for risk.

Learn how AdvancedMD simply makes keeping up with ICD-10 and running your practice easier. Talk to a representative today (800) 825-0224 or go to advancedmd.com.

Topic: EMR/EHR, Medical Billing, Revenue Cycle Management | Content Type: Blog Article

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